The district administration has made arrangements for the officials on poll duty at the mandal level to cast their votes through postal ballots on May 2 . Nearly 16,000 officers and staff of various government departments will be voting through postal ballots at the facilitation centres set up in the mandal headquarters from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

In total, 3,565 voters exercised their franchise through postal ballots including 1,667 in Vijayawada and 1,898 in Machilipatnam Lok Sabha constituencies on April 28 and 29, according to an official release.