Khammam/Kothagudem: In view of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the district administrations in Khammam and Bhadradri Kothagudem districts are gearing up to make arrangements for the polls.
In both the districts, the Election Commission of India’s (EC) helpline 1950 has been launched, besides the district toll free helpline numbers to dispense information to the voters and address their queries. Special campaigns on voter enrollment have also been conducted.
During a recent review meeting Khammam District Collector KV Karnan asked the election officials to make field inspections of polling centres to assess infrastructure requirement for conducting polls.
He wanted the Returning Officers and Assistant Returning Officers to submit proposals regarding required facilities at the polling centres. Similarly structures to serve as strong room at every mandal headquarters have to be identified.
Stress was being laid on achieving a voter turnout that would be higher than turnout witnessed in recently held Assembly polls. The Collector Karnan asked the officials to prepare a list of ten polling centres each with highest and lowest voter turnout.
Efforts were being made to popularise the helpline number1950 with which the voters could get information about their form status, polling station, constituency, District Electoral Officer and others. Publicity posters in this connection were being displayed at villages.
In Kothagudem, Joint Collector K Venkteswarlu has asked the government officials to launch Voters Awareness Forums to educate voters on voter’s enrollment as well as using their voting right in the ensuing Parliament elections.
According to him during the revision of voters list in January as many as 52, 138 applications were submitted under different categories. For providing information to voters the district toll free number 18004250950 has also been made available.