Officials gearing up for general elections

Staff Reporter
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Pre-poll arrangements in the district complete, says Collector

Krishna district Collector M. Raghunandan Rao on Wednesday said that all the necessary pre-poll arrangements have been completed for the general elections, scheduled to be held on May 7. The election for both Parliamentary constituencies -- Machilipatnam and Eluru -- in which Nuzvidu and Kaikaluru Assembly constituencies are part, will be held on May 7. The votes will be counted on May 16.

“The model code of conduct came into force in Krishna district. Election Expenditure Monitoring Teams have already been deployed in all the 16 Assembly constituencies as well as two Lok Sabha constituencies,” said Mr. Raghunandan Rao.

A total of 18,000 new Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) containing the recently-introduced None of The Above (NOTA) button would be made ready within a week. The NOTA option is given for voters who do not want to cast their ballot for any of the candidates in the fray.

A special complaint monitoring cell was set up at the Collectorate and complaints can be lodged over phone through toll free number 1077 or 08672-252572. “A week ahead of the election, a photo voter slip will be issued to the voter at his/her doorstep, enabling to cast the vote directly with that slip,” said Mr. Raghunandan Rao.


Addressing a joint press conference, Krishna District Superintendent of Police J. Prabhakara Rao accompanied by Mr. Raghunandan Rao said that as many as 14 inter-district check-posts were put up and became functional from Wednesday. The check-posts were aimed at curbing illegal flow of money and liquor during the election. “A total of 110 pending Non-Bailable Warrants will be executed soon. Legal action will be initiated against the violators of the model code of conduct,” said Mr. Prabhakara Rao.

As many as 177 sensitive villages were identified and 10 villages were inaccessible to basic means of transportation. There are 31.7 lakh voters in Krishna district and the polling would be conducted in 3,521 stations.



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