Telangana bypolls: EC to hold elections in 12 constituencies
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Last Updated: Thursday, July 01, 2010, 22:15
Hyderabad: The Election Commission on Thursday decided to hold by-elections to Vemulawada and Sircilla assembly constituencies in Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh on July 27 along with 10 other seats following a High Court order to that effect.

The EC had initially decided not to conduct election in the two seats as election petitions were pending in the courts but has reversed its decision as the state High Court yesterday directed that bypoll be held in the two seats along with 10 other constituencies.

"Election notification for the 12 seats will be issued tomorrow and polling will be held on July 27," state Chief Electoral Officer I V Subba Rao told reporters here today.

He said nominations will be accepted till July nine and their scrutiny would take place on July 10. The nominations can be withdrawn till July 12 and counting will be taken up on July 30.

He said 60,000 state policemen and about 8,000 Central security personnel would provide security to the election process.

In an effort to see that the election expenditure of candidates does not cross the stipulated limit of Rs 10 lakh, special committees have been constituted in various districts to monitor the actual expenditure made by them on a daily basis, he said.

The committees, appointed for the first time, comprised police, revenue, commercial tax officials and also Income Tax officers.

In the wake of allegedly inflammatory statements made by some Telangana supporters, the CEO appealed to all political parties and leaders to refrain from making any such statements.

The CEO said over 23,50,000 voters would exercise their franchise in 2,726 polling stations in the 12 seats.

The bypolls in the 12 seats have been necessitated as the sitting MLAs had quit their posts in support of separate Telangana demand.


First Published: Thursday, July 01, 2010, 22:15

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