Collector holds review meet with officials through video conference

District Collector V. Seshadri held a review meeting with officials of different mandals in the district through video conference on Thursday ahead of the second phase of Panchayat polls to be held in Visakhapatnam and Narsipatnam Divisions on July 27.

He said that the Panchayat elections held in the first phase at Paderu passed off peacefully barring minor incidents. In some places, there was trouble due to mistakes in the allocation of symbols to some of the contesting candidates and steps should be taken to ensure that such incidents do not recur.

Mr. Seshadri directed the mandal officials to visit the booths in their respective mandals from time-to-time to ensure smooth conduct of the poll and prevent any untoward incidents.

He said that a control room was set up at the Collectorate and the mandal officials have to send reports from time-to-time on the situation in their respective areas.

The polling will be held from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 27. The counting of votes will begin by 2 p.m. and close by 6 p.m. The first report has to be sent immediately. Additional tables could be used for counting in big panchayats, if needed. The Collector directed officials to make arrangements for web casting and videography in sensitive and highly sensitive polling centres.

All arrangements have been made for the conduct of the second phase of Panchayat polls to be held in five mandals of Paravada, Bheemunipatnam, Pendurthy, Ananadapuram and Padmanabham, which fall under the purview of the City Police Commissionerate, on July 27.

In all, 30 villages in the five panchayats have been identified as ‘sensitive’ and 21 have been identified as ‘very sensitive’, according to Police Commissioner B. Shivadhar Reddy.

The contesting candidates and their agents have been asked not to use the symbol of any party or canvass near the polling stations. Only voters and authorised polling agents would be allowed into the polling booths. He said that 2,500 liquor bottles being illegally transported were seized in the city limits so far and 31 cases were registered and 31 persons were arrested.

As a precautionary measure, bind over cases were registered against 778 suspects, rowdy sheeters and other anti-social elements. He appealed to the people to cooperate with the police in the smooth conduct of the polls.

Around 300 policemen would be posted on security duty in each of the five mandals, which would be supervised by an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP)-level officer. There would be an Additional ASP-level to supervise every two mandals. He noted that check posts have been set up to check the flow of liquor, cash and weapons in view of the elections. Special striking forces would be deputed to prevent any untoward incidents during the elections.

Mr. Shivadhar Reddy appealed to the voters to exercise their franchise in a free and fair manner, without falling a prey to inducements. They should either use their own vehicles or make arrangements to go to the polling stations and abstain from using the vehicles provided by agents of various political parties.

  • Contesting candidates told not to canvass near polling stations

  • Only voters and authorised polling agents would be allowed into the polling booths

  • 2,500 liquor bottles being illegally transported were seized in the city limits so far

  • Around 300 policemen would be posted on security duty in each of the five mandals