Warangal: All arrangements were made for smooth, fair and free conduct of the polling in Warangal Rural district, said District Collector and District Election Officer M Haritha.
While there were 504 polling stations under two constituencies — Narsampet and Parkal — as many as 104 polling stations were identified as ‘critical’. Some 2,320 polling staff would discharge duties, while 922 State police personnel, in addition to the Central forces, would look after the security. In Narsampet, 15 candidates were in the fray, while 11 were contesting from Parkal.
In Warangal Urban district, there were 690 polling stations under three constituencies — Warangal West, Warangal East and Wardhannpet. While there would be live streaming from 133 polling stations, engineering grads would record the proceedings at 307 booths. CCTVs were installed to record proceedings at the remaining 250 booths. About 150 polling stations were identified as ‘critical’ in the district.
A total of 2,000 security men, including the State police and 12 companies of the paramilitary forces, would be deployed at the polling stations. On the other hand, 3,200 polling staff would execute the polling duties.
In Jayashankar Bhupalpally district, the officials had set up 572 polling stations in Bhupalpally and Mulugu constituencies. A total of 2632 polling staff would discharge their duties. Over 4.57 lakh people were eligible to exercise their vote. Arrangements were also made for the benefit of persons with disabilities (PwDs). Voting would be allowed till 4 pm in the district in view of the threat of extremists. According to SP Bhaskaran, there were as many as 173 Maoists-affected polling stations in the district.