Former Indian cricket captain and a proud son of the soil, Rahul Dravid will be the state election icon for the ensuing Assembly elections, Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar told media in Bengaluru.
In another major decision, disabled government employees will be appointed as polling staff and there would also be all women polling stations during the May 12 assembly elections in Karnataka.
Yograj Bhat, film and music director, is making a title song, which will be 2018 "Karnataka Election Anthem" and it will get released in a week's time.
"Some of the persons with disabilities -- employees of the government, will be participating in a certain selected polling station as polling staff for the first time... we are encouraging them," Kumar says.
The Election Commission of India on Tuesday announced a single phase poll for the 224-member Karnataka Legislative Assembly on May 12.
Counting of votes will be taken up on May 15.
Officials said IT and other initiatives were taken by the CEO office for the elections include GPS based vehicle tracking of flying squads, a GIS-enabled complete database of the polling station and digital maps, Digital Atlas of all polling station areas and assembly constituencies.
For persons with disability, complete mapping of voters and their requirements and making available all required facilities including wheelchair booking would do, they said.
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.
Webcasting of 3,000 to 6,000 polling stations based on feasibility and sensitivity will be done, Kumar says adding that work was on towards integration of election monitoring facilities under one platform.
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