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Concentrate on problematic villages, says Collector

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District Collector N. Srikanth addressing election officials at a meeting in Srikakulam on Saturday. SP Ch. Srikanth is also seen
District Collector N. Srikanth addressing election officials at a meeting in Srikakulam on Saturday. SP Ch. Srikanth is also seen

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Poll staff asked not to accept any hospitality from parties

Srikakulam: District Collector and Returning Officer N. Srikanth has asked polling personnel to keep on eye on villages where the polling percentage is 75 per cent or more, visit such villages and interact with people to find out if it is genuine or fabricated.

Participating in a review meeting with election related staff here on Saturday, Mr. Srikanth said that returning officers should concentrate on problematic villages. In case of complaints of rigging in villages that had more than 75 per cent voting, re-poll should be ordered if it is demanded by local voters.

Mr. Srikanth stated that all arrangements, including food and hospitality, would be arranged by the Election Commission.

Hospitality by political parties should not be entertained nor accepted in order to ensure unbiased functioning, he added.

Superintendent of Police CH. Srikanth stated that elaborate arrangements were being made at polling booths that had been categorised into sensitive, hypersensitive, troublesome and extremist-affected.

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The number of sensitive booths in the 10 Assembly segments was 417 and hypersensitive 415. The 10 Assembly constituencies had 449 troublesome polling stations and 173 were identified as extremist-affected.

The commission would formally issue an election notification on March 23.

The last date for filing of nominations is March 30. Scrutiny of nominations will be on March 31 and the last date for withdrawal is April 2. The date of polling is April 16. Counting of votes will be held on May 16.


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