Requests flood DC’s office for poll duty exemption

  • | Sunday | 31st March, 2019

“Some of the reasons for officials to avoid poll duty are genuine, while the rest are just excuses to evade polling work,” said senior election officials.An official, who is dealing with requests for poll duty exemption said that they are receiving applications from people who want to skip poll duty based on personal reasons. However, officials are making sure that only genuine reasons, which are mainly related to health issues , are taken into consideration while giving exemption, adds Sasikanth.The reasons for poll duty exemption include: Health issues, functions, vacations, marriages, examinations and unwillingness of the official to carry out poll duty. Senthil said that this year Dakshina Kannada district needs about 9,000 staff for poll duty.In Dakshina Kannada district there are about 1,861 polling booths of which 640 are said to be critical. Leaves are strictly not allowed between April 17 and 18, says senior government officials.Government nurses, doctors and those working in essential service sectors will not be deputed for poll duty, as it will inconvenience the common man.Meanwhile, due to the introduction of VVPAT, the requirement of poll staff has almost doubled this year. It was done for the first time last year due to a staff crunch.

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