Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: The EChas revised the polling timings in inaccessible to 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. instead of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This decision has been taken to facilitate transportation of the electronic voting machines (EVM) along with polling officials after the polling, back to the headquarters of the constituency, before the nightfall. Most of these places were located in Visakhapatnam and Khammam districts, Chief Electoral Officer I. V. Subba Rao told reporters here on Monday.

He said A. K. Khan, Additional Director General, Law & Order, had been asked by the EC to submit a daily monitoring report on the progress of closing down unlicensed and belt liquor shops as ordered by it as also the action taken against persons operating them.

The CEO said he would finalise the security arrangements for polling on April 16 and 23 after a video-conference with the district Collectors and Superintendents of Police.

Mr. Subba Rao said 20,000 employees, drawn from the Central Government and its 46 undertakings in the State, would be appointed as micro-observers at the polling stations in problem villages.

They would keep a watch on the goings-on in the polling stations and report to the EC.

He set March 23 as the deadline for the authorities of the areas falling within the limits of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation to clear the pending applications for voter-registration and distribution of EPICs.