Stage set in Nalgonda for first-ever TS Assembly elections

Over 2.60 lakh personnel have been engaged for poll duty across State; special arrangements made for pregnant women and persons with disabilities.

By Author  |  Published: 6th Dec 2018  10:50 pm
Polling staff boarding special buses which were arranged to ferry them to their assigned booths in Nalgonda district on Thursday.

Nalgonda: All arrangements were in place at 3,300 polling stations for conducting elections to 12 Assembly constituencies in erstwhile Nalgonda district. In Nalgonda district, some 1,628 polling stations were set up, and over 12.7 lakh voters would decide the fate of 85 candidates contesting from all six constituencies in the district. Polling would be conducted at 286 booths in Devarakonda constituency. While 10 candidates were in the fray from the segment, some 2,15,131 voters would elect them.

In Nagarjuna Sagar constituency, from which 14 candidates were contesting, the polling would be held at 278 booths, while 2,08,154 people had the right to vote. In Miryalguda segment, some 244 polling stations were set up, while 14 candidates were contesting. Over 2.09 lakh people were eligible to vote. In Nalgonda constituency, 267 polling stations were set up for 2,16,803 voters. A total of 17 candidates were fighting to win the seat.

In Munugode constituency, 269 polling stations were set up for 2,17,760 voters, and a total of 15 candidates were testing their luck from the segment. In Nakrekal constituency, 2,27,271 voters would decide the fate of 15 candidates by voting in 285 polling stations.

As part of the enforcement of Model Code of Conduct, authorities filed 392 cases based on the complaints received through MCC Committee and 342 cases based on the complaints received through ‘cVIGIL’ app in Nalgonda district. In addition to this, an unaccounted cash of Rs 2.5 crore and 28,000 litres of liquor were seized.

Close to 4,000 police personnel were deployed in the district for the smooth conduct of the elections. In all, 2,000 CCTVs — all connected to Command Control Centre for surveillance — were installed at different places. Special focus was laid by the police on 410 critical polling stations in the district.

A total of 1,091 polling stations were set up in Suryapet district, where 8,78,242 electors would decide the fate of 73 candidates contesting from four constituencies — Suryapet, Kodad, Thungathurthy and Huzurnagar. Arrangements were completed at 1,091 polling stations in the four constituencies. In all, 4,896 civilian polling staff were deputed to the polling stations for the conduct of the polling. About 44,190 police personnel, including 1,040 constables and 1,258 home guards, were on bandobast duty for the elections in the district. Officials seized the unaccounted cash of Rs 1.26 crore and 39,435 litres of liquor.