For the first time in Kerala, the state Election Commission has conducted a school election in Kottayam on Tuesday. The school parliament election of Labour India Public School, Marangattupally was conducted by the state EC under its supervision.
A total of 619 students from nursery to higher secondary class participated in the school election, which was conducted to elect the president, head boy, head girl and sports captain. It had faculty members as the returning officer, presider officers and polling officers. The Commission provided the voting machines.
The Times of India reports that there were over 20 contestants competing for these positions, and the school ID cards replaced the electoral voter ID cards.
Before commencing the election, a mock poll was held, and the results were announced by the state election commission officials.
As per the report, the state EC agreed to conduct the elections, so that students could get an idea about the poll procedures.
The office of the state election commission headed by Justice Bhaskaran issued orders to the district collector to conduct the school elections. Three polling booths were also set up.
Kottayam deputy collector was the election observer and deputy tahsildar, Pala (elections) supervised the elections, the report says.