The district administration is all set to conduct elections in a transparent manner to the two Lok Sabha constituencies — Visakhapatnam and Anakapalle — and the 14 Assembly segments under them, district Collector, who is also District Election Officer and Returning Officer for the Visakhapatnam LS constituency, Solomon Arokia Raj has said.
Briefing the media here on Sunday along with Returning Officer for Anakapalle and Joint Collector Praveen Kumar, Commissioner of Police B. Shivadhar Reddy, and Superintendent of Police Vikram Jeet Duggal, he said that in Visakhapatnam Lok Sabha, Visakha East, and Gajuwaka constituencies, there would be two ballot units as the number of candidates was more than 15 in each of them.
The photo voter slips authenticated by the Election Commission and distributed at the doorstep were enough as identity proof for voting and it was included in the list of accepted identity proofs.
“Those who could not collect the voter slips earlier can do so at the Voter Assistance Booth being set up at each polling centre on the day of polling,” he added.
NSS volunteers and ASHA workers would be stationed at every booth to help the voters.
The Police Commissioner explained the various measures taken for the smooth and hassle-free conduct of elections, including requisition of additional forces.
No person, other than the voter, would be allowed into the polling station, including gunmen and security guards of VIPs. All vehicles would be stopped 100 metres from the polling stations.
“The bandobast is heavy in the district and additional forces have been deployed in the Agency areas to ensure citizens exercise their franchise without fear,” the SP said.
Assistant returning officers and other officials of the district administration and police were present.