Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-06-08 19:23 Bantwal: Students of Balavikasa English Medium School, Mani, had the chance to experience first-hand the electoral process in the country when elections for the office bearers were conducted on Tuesday complete with all the paraphernalia of the process: EVMs, electoral officers, nominations papers among others. The use of EVMs, symbols for candidates, special election officers, appointment of polling officers, overseers, voting, counting, and announcing the winner were all meticulously planned. The school reopened on June 1 and the nominations papers were allowed to be submitted till June 2 evening. Voting took place on Saturday June 4 and the counting on June 6. Nandan Prabhu, Class X student, was elected as school leader and Sampat Hegde, Class IX student, was elected as his deputy. Teachers as election officers Students above Class III were allowed to vote and a total of 501 students participated in the process, which was monitored by teachers who also served as election officers. The school correspondent J Prahlad Shetty oversaw the process with chief election officer C Sridar, election officers Vijayalxmi V Shetty, and Grace P Saldanha. Teachers Mohini A Rai, Sudha N Rao, Manjula H Gowda, Reshma Shetty and Yajneshwari S Shetty served as booth officers. Vishalakshi H Alva, Ramachandra, Jayasri and Yashoda were disciplinarians while Rajarama Nellittaya and Dinakar Poojary served as overseers. All the teaching staff involved in the election process. Head teacher Vijayalaxmi V Shetty said the elections were conducted in a realistic manner to create awareness among students about the general elections.