As many as three candidates filed their nomination papers for the East and West Godavari districts graduates’ constituency of the Legislative Council here on Thursday. Gollapalli Venkata Rao of Ganganapalli in Kakinada Rural, K.V.V.S.N. Murthy of the city and Devaragupta Umakanth of Divancheruvu in Rajanagaram mandal filed their papers with the Returning Officer and district Collector Neetu Prasad here.

They submitted one set of papers each and the Collector advised them to submit the required documents on or before February 5. Addressing a meeting with the representatives of all political parties at the Collectorate here, Ms. Neetu said the Election Commission asked division of polling booths into two in the event of the number of voters was above 1,000. She said there were six such polling booths in the district, where the additional booths would be arranged on the same premises.

She asked the Revenue Divisional Officers not to allow wall posters, banners and flexis at the public properties such as the government office buildings and places of worship. She said that though there was no cap on election expenditure, the expenses of the contestants would be recorded.

Control room

Ms. Neetu said that those who had any doubts about casting of their preferential vote in the council elections could dial the toll-free number 1077 for further details. Plans were afoot to set up a control room at the graduates’ constituency level to educate the voters, she said, adding that posters would distributed to all the villages to make people aware about the process. District Revenue Officer B. Yadagiri, representatives of various political parties and officials of the revenue and police departments were present.