The stage is set for the election to the West/East Godavari Districts Graduates Constituency slated for Thursday. Arrangements were in place for the smooth conduct of the polling. The administration has provided 130 polling stations at various locations across the district, enabling a little over 90,000 graduate voters to exercise their franchise.

Police pickets were posted at different points and check-posts set up at the inter-district borders to check inflow of money and liquor in a bid to ensure a free and fair polling. According to official information, nearly 30 candidates are in the election fray, including K. George Victor, who is seeking re-election. The candidates struggled to reach out to the voters located in undesignated locations scattering here and there across the twin Godavari districts with the largest geographical area. The election is marked by allegations of bribing of voters by a section of candidates.

As many as 6,001 voters will exercise their franchise in the Legislative Council elections to the Khammam-Nalgonda-Warangal teachers’ constituency in the district on February 21.

Khammam urban mandal has the highest number of 1,128 voters. There are only four voters in Velerupadu mandal, according to official sources.

The council election will be held in as many as 46 polling booths set up across the district.

Two polling stations have been set up at the Government High School premises at Rikka Bazar here for the voters of the Khammam urban mandal. The voters of Khammam rural mandal can cast their votes at the polling station established at the Zilla Parishad Secondary School at Jalagamnagar in Khammam rural mandal.

The remaining polling booths have been set up at the designated locations as per the election commission norms in the remaining 44 mandals. Meanwhile, the election authorities have made elaborate arrangements for live web-casting of the entire election process from all the polling stations. The council election will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.