AP Election panel to monitor bypolls through 3-G phones
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Last Updated: Friday, July 23, 2010, 00:03
  
Hyderabad: Election authorities in Andhra Pradesh would provide 3G mobile phones to polling officers to obtain quick video footage on polling pattern during the July 27 by-elections of 12 Assembly constituencies in Telangana region.

"For providing us information on poll percentage, and whether polling is going on smoothly or not, we are appointing 320 zonal officers and 320 route officers. We will do video surveillance in Warangal and Nizamabad and for that 3G cell phones would be provided to zonal officers," State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) I V Subba Rao told reporters.

He said 2,000 videographers, one each for two polling stations, would also be appointed. In addition, 2,700 micro-observers would be appointed for polling duty.

Meanwhile, TRS president K Chandrasekhar Rao has filed his reply to the notice served on him by the Election Commission.

The EC had sought a reply from him following a complaint by Congress that Rao promised to make a Dalit Chief Minister and a Muslim Deputy Chief Minister after the formation of separate Telangana state.

The CEO said the TRS president's reply has been forwarded to the EC and that its decision is awaited.

As ballot papers would be used in five among the 12 Assembly seats, 1500 ballot boxes and 20 lakh ballot papers have been readied, he said. The CEO said the political parties have been asked to submit a list of polling agents by the evening of July 24 a day before the campaigning ends.

As many as 23.5 lakh voters would exercise their franchise at 2,783 polling stations on July 27, he said.

The bypolls were necessitated as the sitting MLAs had resigned from their posts in support of separate Telangana state demand.

PTI


First Published: Friday, July 23, 2010, 00:03


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