Still there is time for people to enlist as voters, he says

Krishna district will have about 1.5 lakh new voters for Assembly and Parliament elections and of them about 69,000 will be the first time voters in the age bracket of 18-19 years. Collector M. Raghunandan Rao disclosed this at a review meeting of tehsildars and Election Returning Officers and Assistant Election Returning Officers, held here on Wednesday.

Talking to the media, he also said there would be 3,522 polling booths and about 31,76,086 voters as on date, which is likely to increase in the next few days, as still there was time for people to enlist as voters.

Those who have not filled in the Form-6, can visit the official Election Commissioner’s website or even send an SMS as indicated in the website , he said.

Mr. Raghunandan Rao said it was the responsibility of the voters to check the voters list that has been already uploaded in the website and get back as soon as possible to the Election Cell at the Collectorate, to correct discrepancies, if any, or get enlisted.

The Collector also pointed out that there were 16 identification tools listed out by the Election Commissioner for a voter to get enlisted or cast his or her franchise such as ration card, passport and Elector’s Photo Identity Card (EPIC), but the EC has further directed all collectors to issue photo voter list slips to each and every voter.

“We are on the job to print the photo voter list slips and building up delivery machinery will be set up soon to deliver the slips to each of the voters, before the election date,” he said.

Model code of conduct

Earlier, addressing he EROs, he said the model election code of conduct for the coming elections was expected to be for a longer period and it could be up to 30 days, and unlike the last elections, the gap between polling and counting could be minimal.

He urged the officials present, especially those who have joined recently to build up their team, inspect the polling stations, set up communication system and urged them to hold the elections in a free, fair and transparent way.

Sub-Collector D. Harichandana, Joint Collector J. Murali, Nuzvidu Sub-Collector Chakradhar Babu, Vijayawada Urban Development Authority Vice-Chairman Usha Kumari and Vijayawada Municipal Corporation Commissioner C. Hari Kiran were also present.

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