The process for the MLC election for the Graduates constituency of East and West Godavari district scheduled on February 21 began in the district with the issue of an election notification a few days ago.

The constituency constitutes a total electorate of 92, 500 voters. The process of the filing of nominations by the candidates began on January 28 and will conclude on February 4. The candidates require to file their papers at Kakinada on any day of the schedule. Speaking at a meeting with the representatives of the political parties, the Collector and the District Returning Officer wanted the candidates to pick up only the locals to function as the election agents on the polling day. All the polling stations for the graduate constituency election will be located either at the mandal headquarters or the town/city headquarters only unlike any other elections.

George Victor, sitting MLC from the CPI (M), is seeking re-election while K.V.V. Satyanarayana Raju, popularly known as Chaitanya Raju, founder of the Chaitanya Group of Schools and the sitting MLC for the Teachers constituency of the twin Godavari districts is supporting his son Ravikiran Varma, who already took a plunge into the election arena by filing a set of nomination papers for the graduates constituency. Besides, Mr. Varma and K.V. Suryanarayana of Panditavellure under Poduru mandal of West Godavari district from the TDP, six independents filed their nomination so for, according to official information. A ticket aspirant from the TDP said it was likely to become a daunting task for the candidates to reach out the voters scattering in different unknown locations across the twin districts, the biggest in size demographically and geographically in the State. “The media alone cannot help us reach out the voters. We have to find out other alternative modes like use of post cards to establish a direct contact with voters,” he said.