Hyderabad: Arrangements are going on in full
swing for the by-elections to the 12 Assembly constituencies
in Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh on July 27, state Chief
Electoral Officer (CEO) I V Subba Rao said here today.
Election Commission will have to conduct bypolls in five
of the 12 seats through the ballot paper system, he said.
The CEO said it is being examined whether to use either
one big ballot box for each polling station or small ballot
As ballot boxes are going to be used after a gap of 12
years, the polling personnel will have to be trained on using
the system, he said. A retired EC official, C R Brahmam, would
train the polling staff.
The EC is forced to use ballot papers in five seats as
the number of candidates in fray exceeded 64. The present
technology does not allow the poll panel to hold the polls by
EVMs if the total number of nominees is more than 64.
Tight security arrangements will be made for the polls
and 14 companies (around 1400 personnel) of Central Para-
Military Forces (CPMF) have already arrived. Eight more
companies of CPMF have been requisitioned, he said.
Videography will be conducted at all booths and two
helicopters would also be used for any contingency, Rao said.
Replying to a query, he said Telangana Jagruti President
K Kavita, daughter of TRS President K Chandrasekhar Rao, has
been invited by the EC in Delhi to hear her over a complaint
against state Congress President D Srinivas.
She had earlier complained to EC that Srinivas, Congress
candidate from Nizamabad Urban constituency, sought votes in
the name of caste. He was served a notice over the complaint
and the Congress leader has replied to it.
The EC`s decision on the complaint against Srinivas is
awaited, Rao said.
Meanwhile, the state Congress complained to the CEO
against some "outsiders" organising protests near the
residence of Srinivas in Nizamabad today, saying he was
against separate Telangana demand.
The complaint also mentioned about `gherao` of the
Congress nominee from Koratla seat by some Telangana
The state Congress appealed to the CEO to ensure that
such planned protests and threats are put to an end. The CEO
has assured to look into the matter.