The Election Commission has roped in Rahul Dravid as the brand ambassador of Karnataka Assembly Elections. The former India cricketer and the coach of India U-19 cricket team, known for his sense of fair-play and true sportsmanship spirit, will help raise awareness about the upcoming polls in Karnataka and ensure best possible turnout on the election day.
“Rahul Dravid will be the State election icon,” Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar told the media, while also mentioning that the “Karnataka Election Anthem” is being written by film and music director Yograj Bhat. The Anthem will be released in a week.
Electoral authorities in Karnataka have also rolled out a series of new initiatives to ensure maximum coverage in the upcoming elections including disabled government employees as polling staff and all-women polling stations.
“Some of the persons with disabilities — employees of the government, will be participating in certain selected polling station as polling staff for the first time… We are encouraging them. Besides, 450 all-women polling stations will also be set up,” Kumar said.
The EC will also be using GPS based vehicle to track flying squads. There will be a GIS-enabled complete database of the polling station and digital maps and Digital Atlas of all polling station areas and assembly constituencies. Some special polling stations with an ethnic look in Primitive Tribal Areas will also be established on a pilot basis.
Transfer facilitation and certification system for ensuring code of conduct on transfer and posting of officers involved in elections, SMS based Polling Station Access, App-Based Polling Station Access and navigation, Queue status facility on the poll day for a few polling stations with higher voter population are among the other initiatives are being planned by the EC.
The Karnataka elections will be held in a single phase poll for the 224-member Assembly on May 12 and the counting of votes will be done on May 15.