212 candidates in fray for ZPTCs
NALGONDA: About 20.3 lakh voters, including 10.15 lakh women, are expected to exercise their franchise to elect the representatives of 58 Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituencies and 815 Mandal Parishad Territorial Constitucies in Nalgonda district on Wednesday.
As one ZPTC and nine MPTC members were elected unanimously, 212 candidates for 58 ZPTCs and 2,393 candidates for 815 MPTCs more remain in the fray, ZP Chief Executive Officer K.V. Suresh Babu told The Hindu on Tuesday.
Free and fair
"Precautionary measures have been taken to ensure free and fair elections," Collector K. Vijayanand said. Fifty nine returning officers and 118 assistant returning officers had been appointed for mandal parishads and one RO and 6 AROs to oversee the process of election work, he said. The Collector, who acts as the District Election Officer, appealed to the voters to produce one among the 15 documents suggested by the Election Commission at polling booths as an identification proof.
The district police made elaborate arrangements to prevent poll violence in the district, the hotbed of Maoists in the south Telangana region. Twenty one check posts were opened to prevent anti-social elements from entering the district.
Superintendent of Police M.M. Bhagwat said 304 mobile parties, 118 zonal mobile parties, 59 striking forces, 20 special striking forces and five investigation teams were deployed. Of the 1,174 gram panchayats, 300 villages had been identified as hyper sensitive, he added.
Interestingly, as many as 74 women candidates are contesting in the ZPTC elections with nine of them illiterates and two PG degree holders. The voters are going to elect 20 women this time as against 17 last time.