Candidates’ plea for putting off poll to be sent to EC

Chief Electoral Officer Rajath Kumar explaining the arrangement of ballot units to contesting candidates at a meeting in Nizamabad on Friday.

Chief Electoral Officer Rajath Kumar explaining the arrangement of ballot units to contesting candidates at a meeting in Nizamabad on Friday.   | Photo Credit: K_V_RAMANA

CEO expresses satisfaction with arrangement for Nizamabad LS election

The requests of the farmer candidates for the Nizamabad Lok Sabha constituency for postponement of the election and use of paper ballots would be forwarded to the Election Commission of India for decision, Chief Electoral Officer Rajath Kumar said.

However, the arrangements for the peaceful conduct of the polling on the scheduled time on April 11 were on and required electronic machines would be deployed at the respective centres before April 7. In all, over 26,000 EVMs would be used for the conduct of polling at 1,788 polling stations, he said while addressing a press conference here on Friday.

He appreciated the efforts of Returning Officer M. Ram Mohan Rao and his team for working day and night to meet the challenge of a large number of contestants — 185 including 178 farmers.

Long discussions

In view of the large number of contestants in the fray each polling station would have 12 ballot units, he said and explained that the ballot units would be arranged in ‘L’ shape with VVPAT in the middle. The decision on the arrangement of the ballot units was taken after a lot of discussion with contestants and technicians, he added.

Mr. Rajath Kumar, who flew down here morning in helicopter along with Additional CEO Jyothi Budhaprakash, Joint CEO Ravikiran, Additional DGP Jitender, Special Officer Rahul Bojja and ECI Observer Gourav Daliya, expressed satisfaction over the security arrangements. He said over 600 engineers from Bharat Electronics Limited were on alert to meet any technical problem in EVMs in the constituency.

Mock polling was conducted for the benefit of contestants twice on Thursday and Friday.

Earlier, the CEO met the contestants and said if need be special protection would be provided to the contestants and election would be held as per the Election Commission guidelines and law in a transparent manner.

Increased surveillance

When the contestants appealed to him to take steps to prevent the influence of money and liquor, he promised to increase the surveillance. “You can complain calling at 1950 or use C Vigil app,” he said.

In the afternoon the CEO and his team of officers visited the Government High School at Mirchi Compound to inspect arrangements at polling stations 230, 231 and 232. They also interacted with the BLOs and observed first level checking of EVMs.

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