New reforms in electoral system; polling officers can directly come to booths


M K Suresh

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Thiruvananthapuram: The State Election Commission has introduced significant changes in the procedure of conducting local body elections. According to the new changes, the polling officers need not reach the distribution centres to get the polling equipment.

The sectoral officers in each place will bring the polling materials including EVMs to the polling booth. The presiding officer and other polling officers have to reach directly to the booth and receive the materials from the sectoral officer. After the elections, it is the responsibility of the same sectoral officer to collect the materials from the polling station and shift them to the strong room.



State Election Commissioner A Shajahan informed that these new changes have been introduced on a trial basis in the by-elections conducted on Wednesday.

A sectoral officer will be appointed for each region. They have to reach the distribution centre as per schedule. The officers in reserve should reach the distribution centre. Vehicles will be arranged for them. This method of distribution through sectoral officers will be implemented in the upcoming elections, Shajahan said.

Earlier, demands were raised to bring about changes in the execution of elections. The Commission has considered the recommendations put forward by 'Mathrubumi' in its article related to the need for reformation in the electoral system. The Commission had also invited suggestions from the public.

Hence, the new reforms have been planned on the basis of over 5000 recommendations received by the Commission. Discussions will be held with the representatives of political parties after the completion of the Committee report. As certain reforms need the approval of the government, a final decision will be made only after such procedures, said Election Commissioner.

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