Staff Reporter

Kadapa Collector lists measures taken for smooth conduct of polls

Problematic polling stations identified Parties told to submit agents listSecurity beefed up in hyper-sensitive areas

KADAPA: District Collector M.T. Krishna Babu on Tuesday sought cooperation of political parties for smooth and peaceful conduct of panchayat raj elections.

Cut-outs, wall-writings and banners should not be put up at public places, he said at a meeting with political party representatives here. Polling would be held with ballot papers due to shortfall in availability of electronic voting machines, he said. Problematic polling stations were identified considering the prevailing situation and past history, he said. Urging them to appoint agents who resided locally, he wanted agent lists submitted in advance. Voters could cast their ballots by producing any of the 14 stipulated documentary proofs, Mr. Krishna Babu said. Replying to queries, he said officials concerned have powers to remove bogus voters, but had no powers to include new voters now. Any complaints could be forwarded to Zilla Parishad CEO P. Durga Prasad or returning officers concerned, he said.

Suggestions invited

Superintendent of Police Y. Nagi Reddy said foolproof security arrangements were being made to ensure peaceful polls and extra security was arranged in hyper-sensitive areas.

A mobile party was attached to every polling station, he said. The SP urged political party representatives to draw his attention to any bandobust shortcomings.

Rajya Sabha member C. Ramachandraiah, district TDP president R. Ramesh Kumar Reddy, town TDP president B. Hariprasad, town Congress president T. Sivasankar, CPI(M) district secretary B. Narayana, State committee member N. Ravisankar Reddy, district CITU president D. Shyam, town CPI president G. Chandra, Joint Collector Kanthilal Dande, ZP CEO P. Durga Prasad and other officials took part.