Hyderabad: Elaborate arrangements have been made for the smooth and fair conduct of biennial elections for Teacher and Graduate MLC constituencies under MLA quota in the two Telugu States of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh on March 9 from 8 am to 6 pm, and results will be announced on March 20 after counting of votes.
Elections for local authorities constituencies in Andhra Pradesh will be conducted on March 17 from 8 am to 4 pm and results will be announced on March 20. This was announced by Chief Electoral Officer Bhanwar Lal at a press conference at Secretariat on Wednesday evening. In Telangana, the election is being conducted for Mahabubnagar-Ranga Reddy- Hyderabad MLC constituency for which 12 candidates are in fray. For this, the EC has made arrangements in 126 polling stations wherein 23,789 will cast their votes which will be webcast live, Bhanwar Lal said.
The CEO stated that the following candidates of local authorities constituencies are declared elected as there was no contest from other parties: Syed Aminul Hassan Jafri of AIMIM from Telangana, six Telugu Desam members from districts are Deepak Reddy (Ananthapur), A Rammohan, MV Satyanarayana Raju (West Godavari), Chikkala Ramachandra Rao (East Godavari), Satrucharla Vijayarama Raju (Srikakulam) and BN Rajasimhulu (Chittoor).
He appealed to the electors to make use of the voter identity cards or Pan card, Aadhaar, driving license and degree certificate to exercise their franchise. Those without a valid identity card cannot cast vote, he said. Any violation of election code will be dealt with seriously while cell phones and electronic gadgets are not allowed into the polling stations. As part of the election arrangements, control rooms were set up in every district. Besides, flying squads will monitor the voting pattern while adequate police personnel were deployed for fair and smooth conduct, Bhanwar Lal stated.
In Andhra Pradesh, 30 candidates are in fray for Srikakulam-Vizianagaram-Visakhapatnam graduates, 14 for Pakasam-Nellore-Chittoor graduates, 25 for Kadapa-Kurnool-Anathapur graduates, 9 for Prakasam-Nellore-Chittoor teachers constituencies and 10 for Kadapa-Kurnool-Ananthapur teachers constituencies. Around 6,23,931 voters will cast their votes in 846 polling stations and 40,772 voters will exercise their franchise in 346 polling stations respectively for graduates and teachers constituencies.
Also, for local authorities constituencies in Andhra Pradesh, 10 are in fray for Kadapa, two each for Kurnool and Nellore constituencies and as many as 2,777 electors will vote in 11 polling stations, he said.
Valid candidates in fray
In a separate press release, the CEO said that three candidates from the TRS were validly nominated after scrutiny– Alimineti Krishna Reddy, Gangadhar Goud Vullola and Hanmath Rao Mynampally for MLC biennial elections by MLAs.