Over 26 lakh voters are on the list to exercise their voting rights in the state capital, according to a statement by the District Information Office on Friday. The Thiruvananthapuram District Election officer as well as the District Collector, K Vasuki, announced that all the preliminary preparations for the Lok Sabha elections in the district have been completed.
According to the final voters prepared by the Election Commission, there are a total of 26,54,470 voters in Thiruvananthapuram district, out of which there are 13,95,804 female voters, 12,58,625 male voters and 41 transgender persons. The collector has also informed that measures to add new names are underway.
According to a report, there will be 2,715 polling booths in the Lok Sabha constituencies of Thiruvananthapuram and Attingal. It has also been reported that the first phase of appointing officials for election duty has been completed and also that these officials have been trained in various election related operations.
Elections in the district will completely be held using the Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) system, a feature of the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM), to verify that the vote goes directly to the candidate. This was introduced after allegations of EVM tampering. Various camps to increase aware of the VVPAT systems were earlier conducted in 1,209 polling booths in the district by election officials.
18 nodal officers will be operating in the district in order to ensure the smooth functioning of the elections and each nodal officer will have a separate team under his control to run various functions.
In order to discuss the security arrangements that will be in place during the election season, the District Collector had earlier organised a meeting with the District Police Chief.