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GETTING READY: Polling personnel proceeding to their respective stations along with election materialfrom Karimnagar town on Friday.
GETTING READY: Polling personnel proceeding to their respective stations along with election materialfrom Karimnagar town on Friday.

Staff Reporter

Voters can exercise their franchise by showing any one of the 18 identification proofs

KARIMNAGAR: Stage is all set for the elections for the legislative council to elect the members from Karimnagar Graduates'Constituency, Karimnagar Teachers' Constituency and Karimnagar Local Bodies' Constituency in the district on Saturday.

The graduates and teachers constituencies comprises Karimnagar, Adilabad, Nizamabad and Medak districts.

While the local bodies constituency is restricted to only Karimnagar district with voters' strength of 1, 069, including 57 ZPTC, 802 MPTC members, 203 municipal voters and seven legislators.

From the graduates' constituency, a total of 1,05,569 voters have been enrolled, including 39,155 in Karimnagar, 23,176 in Nizamabad, 23,660 in Medak and 19,578 in Adilabad districts.

From the teachers' constituency, a total of 13,981 teachers have enrolled as voters, including 4,743 from Karimnagar district, 3,120 in Nizamabad, 3, 232 from Medak and 2,886 from Adilabad. A total of 272 polling stations have been set up for the graduates' constituency and 200 polling stations for teachers' constituency in all the four districts.

The district administration has deployed 164 presiding officers and 598 polling officials.

Besides, they have deputed an equal number of polling personnel as reserved to meet during the emergencies. Counting of votes will be held in SRR Degree College for local bodies' constituency and Ambedkar Indoor Stadium for Karimnagar teachers' and graduates' constituencies in the town.

A total of 26 candidates have remained in the fray from the Karimnagar graduates' constituency, five from the teachers' constituency and three from the local bodies constituency.

Arrangements

NIZAMABAD: All arrangements are in place for the conduct of the Legislative Council elections at 95 polling stations across the district, according to Collector I.S. Sri Naresh.

After inspecting arrangements at the distribution centre in Government Polytechnic College for Boys here on Friday, he said 210 presiding officers and 250 polling officers reached their respective polling centres with polling material.

A total of 23,176 graduates, 3,140 teachers and 687 elected representatives are to cast their votes in the district. The graduates and teachers can cast vote by showing any one of the 18 identification cards. The polling will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Section 144 of Cr PC and Section 30 of the Police Act will be in force on the polling day. The counting for local bodies' constituency will be held here on March 21 and for graduates' and teachers' constituencies, it will be conducted in Karimnagar.

ID is a must

Sangareddy: In all, 3, 232 voters of teaching constituency, 23, 660 voters of graduate constituency and 848 voters of local authority constituency will be exercising their right to vote in these elections. The voters are urged by the Election Officer and Joint Collector Vani Mohan to bring some form of identity to cast their votes. They could bring any one of the following -- passport, driving license, PAN card, post office passbook, ration cards, caste certificates, pension book or order and student ID card issued by any recognised institution.

Meanwhile, the district Collector has declared Saturday as a holiday for all educational institutions and Government offices falling under the polling area. The administration is also setting up help desks near every polling booth. District Collector and Joint Collector supervised distribution work here at DRDA office. In all, 12 APSRTC buses have been put to use to carry the polling staff.

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