Electronic devices seized through ballot officers in Puri

Bhubaneswar: Poll officials in Puri district on Sunday seized digital devices on suspicion that the articles have been being taken for distribution among voters in Kanas vicinity of the district. This is the first instance of electronic goods seizure during the election season in Odisha. However, police and ballot officials have seized quite a few cash and liquor at regular intervals across one-of-a-kind districts.
“We received information that a vehicle changed into transporting fridges, mixer grinders and tv units in Kanas area. Our flying squad intercepted the vehicle. The driving force failed to provide pleasant answers whilst asked approximately the transport of the products. We strongly recognize that the kitchen and domestic home equipment were intended for wooing citizens,” Puri district collector and returning officer Jyoti Prakash Das instructed TOI.
Sources said four fridges, ten mixer grinders, 4 television units, and some induction cookers had been seized from the car. “We passed over the digital goods to the police. Prima facie, we’ve observed that the products were presupposed to be delivered to a self-help institution in Kanas place. The investigation is underway to ascertain greater info,” Das stated. The healing of the devices got here an afternoon after poll officials seized almost Rs 16.75 lakh in cash in Puri district on Saturday.
The Puri Lok Sabha seat in conjunction with Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar and Sambalpur and the forty-two assembly segments below them will visit polls on April 23.
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Koraput: The disputed gram panchayat of Kotia — to which each Odisha and Andhra Pradesh lay declare — underneath Pottangi block of the district recorded a high turnout of 74. Seventy-seven are consistent with cent on Thursday. In 2014, it had registered a turnout of around 25 in keeping with cent.
The district management attributed the high turnout to voter focus programmes. “People have been recommended to solid their vote through awareness programmes. It is good that a massive wide variety of people have voted,” said collector (Koraput) K Sudarshan Chakravarty.
Officials stated the Koraput management had set up polling cubicles at Kotia, Ganjeipadar, Phagunosenari, Taupadar, Madkar, Ranasinghe, Talokanti, GamesRadar and Thuria for 5,420 electorates of the 28 villages of the panchayat. Twenty-one of the villages falls within the border dispute between the two states.
While the best turnout of eighty-three .27 in line with cent became recorded on the booth at Tolokanti, the only at Ronasingh recorded the bottom turnout of 18.21 in step with cent.
Describing it as a healthy signal for democracy, Gadadhar Parida, convener of a social corporation referred to as Amo Kotia and former collector of Koraput, stated, “People popping out in their houses and taking component in the vote casting procedure is a superb sign. It will enhance our democratic system. Through our business enterprise, we had additionally campaigned in Kotia and entreated the human beings to participate in the elections.”
The Andhra government had opened two vote casting centers for the disputed villages at Neridivalasa and numerous villagers have been seen voting for the neighboring kingdom. Odisha’s sales space at Ronasingh turned into around six kilometers far away from Neridivalasa and lots of people favored balloting on the sales space nearer domestic.
While Kotia falls underneath the Pottangi assembly constituency and Koraput Lok Sabha seat in Odisha, it is part of the Araku Lok Sabha seat and Salur meeting seat in Andhra.
Political observers said the ownership of dual voter ID cards through most people in the 21 disputed villages turned into a clear violation of the Representation of People Act, 1951. “The Election Commission must look at the matter,” stated an analyst.
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