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GHMC polls: Over 74 lakh voters to exercise their franchise today; voting through ballot papers

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Elaborate preparations are in place because the stage is ready for the elections to Better Hyderabad Municipal Company (GHMC) on Tuesday. Over 74 lakh voters will resolve the political fortunes of 1,122 candidates in 150 divisions in one of the bitterly-fought polls for any municipal physique in current occasions.

The polling will begin at 7 am as we speak and conclude at 6 pm at 9,101 polling stations.

A complete of 74,67,256 persons are eligible to solid their votes. The voters constitutes 38,89,637 males, 35,76,941 ladies and 678 others.

Ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) is seeking to retain energy within the municipal physique whereas upbeat over its victory in Dubbak Meeting by-election, the Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP) is making a decided bid to wrest energy.

The elections are being fought with none alliance among the many events. The Congress and the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) are additionally contesting the polls on their very own.

Whereas TRS, BJP and Congress are contesting all of the seats, MIM has fielded candidates in 51 divisions.

The TRS had received 99 seats in 2016 elections whereas MIM had completed second with 44 seats. The BJP may win solely 4 seats then.

The election authorities are conducting the polls by postal ballots as an alternative of Digital Voting Machines (EVMs).

Voters, who’ve been issued Elector’s Photograph Id Card (EPIC), have to provide it to train their franchise once they arrive on the polling station for voting.

Those that are unable to provide their EPICs should produce any one of many 18 various photograph id card paperwork to determine their id. Photograph voter slips is not going to be thought-about as a substitute identification doc.

Voter slips had been distributed to all of the electors by the booth-level officers. Those that haven’t acquired their voter slips can obtain the identical by GHMC app/

Sporting of face masks is obligatory for voters coming to polling stations. Authorities have made it clear that these not sporting masks is not going to be allowed into the polling station.

State Election Commissioner C Parthasarthy mentioned all preparations have been made for easy and peaceable conduct of the elections, duly following COVID-19 rules.

The GHMC has deployed 36,404 personnel for the polling responsibility. The personnel on Monday collected poll packing containers and different ballot materials from 30 distribution centres. They had been additionally offered masks, sanitisers and tissues.

Sanitisation of all polling stations was finished on Monday. This can be finished once more earlier than the graduation of ballot course of. A sanitiser is being offered on the entry and exit level of each polling station.

Officers mentioned social distancing can be ensured whereas permitting voters to queue up at polling stations.

Director-Basic of Police M. Mahender Reddy mentioned over 50,000 police personnel had been deployed to make sure polling in peaceable and free and honest method.

Police Commissioners of Hyderabad, Cyberabad and Rachakonda mentioned tight safety preparations had been made on the polling stations and different factors.

Cyberabad Police Commissioner V.C. Sajjanar mentioned 13,500 police personnel had been deployed in 38 divisions falling beneath 19 police stations of Cyberabad police.

Sajjanar mentioned round 20.5 lakh voters had been anticipated to train their franchise in 2,569 polling stations masking 674 polling areas in Cyberabad.

The high-octane marketing campaign for the civic physique got here to an finish on Sunday. Prime leaders, together with Union Dwelling Minister Amit Shah, get together president J P Nadda, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar, Smriti Irani and MoS (Dwelling) G Kishan Reddy, who’s Lok Sabha member from Secunderabad, get together MP and BJYM nationwide president Tejaswi Surya participated within the marketing campaign.

(With company inputs)

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