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Aug 16, 2009

Trial run of live coverage of polling


The district administration made here on Saturday a trial run of the planned live coverage of polling for the Thondamuthur Assembly Constituency on August 18.

The office of the District Election Officer and District Collector in Coimbatore and the office of the Chief Electoral Officer in Chennai will watch the polling through a coverage enabled by a broadband connection.The trial run, however, could not be viewed at the Collectorate as the connectivity with the polling booth at Thondamuthur could not be established. But, it was said that the office of the CEO viewed it. More trials would be made on Sunday.

Of the 393 booths in the constituency, the coverage would be done from 321 booths because the broadband connectivity could be established only from these places, District Collector P. Umanath told presspersons after the trial run.As for the other booths, the web cameras in the laptop computers would record the entire polling. These could be viewed if verification of any disruption or any other problems during polling needed to be done.

A short messaging service (SMS)-based monitoring of the polling would also be done on August 18. Booth Level Officers would send to the DEO’s office SMS update on taking charge of the booth, the arrival of polling material and officials, booth agents, polling percentage and any disruption in polling.

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