K M Dayashankar
KARIMNAGAR: In order to ensure maximum voting percentage in the by-elections to the Huzurabad assembly segment, the Election commission has decided to conduct polling from 7 am to 7 pm on October 30 in the Huzurabad assembly segment.
At a review meeting with the district nodal officers and police officials in Karimnagar town on Saturday, Chief Electoral Officer Dr Shashank Goel informed the officials to make all arrangements for the smooth conduct of polling at the polling stations with adequate lighting, electricity, ramps, wheel-chairs and drinking water facilities etc. He instructed the officials to ensure that the voters strictly adhere to Covid norms of wearing a facemask, using sanitisers and maintaining social distance at the polling station.
Stating that the campaigning for the elections would end 72 hours before the polling process, he said that the political parties and contestants should campaign only from 10 am to 7 pm. There should be only 200 persons in indoor meetings and 1,000 persons in the public meetings. During the door to door survey, there should be only five persons
He instructed the authorities concerned to strictly enforce the model code of conduct. Directing the officials to conduct training to the polling personnel, he also informed to ensure that the polling staff were vaccinated with two doses of vaccine. He said that the vigilance teams and police should deal firmly against the illegal liquor and cash flow in the segment. He also said that the election authorities should distribute voters slips to all the voters a day in advance before polling.
District election officer and Collector RV Karnan said that they had identified 306 polling stations in Huzurabad segment and deputed 428 presiding officers, 428 assistant presiding officers, 858 polling personnel and 30 sectoral officers. He said that the counting of votes would be held at SRR government degree and PG college in Karimnagar town.
Commissioner of Police V Satyanarayana said that they were taking all measures to check illegal flow of liquor and cash by conducting surprise inspections and opened check-posts. Additional DGP (law and order Dr Jitender, IG Y Nagi Reddy, Warangal Commissioner of Police Tarush Joshi, Additional Collectors GV Shyam Prasad Lal and Garima Agarwal, assistant Collector Mayank Mittal, ZP CEO Priyanka Karnan, Huzurabad returning officer Ch Ravinder Reddy and others were also present.