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Telangana all set to go to polls tomorrow: CEO Rajat Kumar

Hyderabad: Telangana Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar on Thursday said all arrangements have been completed for the polling to take place in the state on Friday.

Kumar added that Telangana has traditionally been a law abiding place

Speaking exclusively to ETV Bharat, Kumar said, "All arrangements have been completed, and all teams have been dispatched. We are all set for conducting the polls tomorrow"

Kumar added that Telangana has traditionally been a law abiding place and the Election Commission has been maintaining a very active vigil over the law and order situation in the state.

He said that though problems of Left Wing Extremism (LWE) and escalated political conflicts existed in the state, a "tight control over the situation" has been kept.

"We have kept a strong vigil on the areas bordering Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh that are affected by LWE. We are happy to report that we have had an incident-free scenario till now and hope the same will continue tomorrow," Kumar further added.

Over 2.8 crore people are eligible to vote in Telangana, which will elect a new Assembly on Friday.

Political fortunes of 1,821 candidates will be decided in 119 constituencies in the first full-fledged election in India's youngest state.

Election authorities have made elaborate arrangements for a smooth conduct of the polling process in 32,815 polling stations.

A total of 280,747,22 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise. They include 1,41,56,182 men and 1,39,05,811 women. The electorate also include 10,038 service voters and 249 overseas Indian electors.

Over 1.50 lakh polling personnel were on duty to conduct the polling process, according to officials. As many as 55,329 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and 39,763 control units will be used.

For the first time, Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) were being installed across the state. After a voter cast his vote on EVM, VVPAT attached to the machine will display for seven seconds the choice made by the voter.

Officials said they were keeping a close watch to stop distribution of cash, liquor or gifts among people by political parties or candidates.

Over Rs.110 crore cash and over 5 lakh litres of liquor seized across the state over last one month.

Liquor shops across the state were shut down on Wednesday evening when campaigning ended. They will reopen only after completion of polling. Orders prohibiting bulk SMSs of political nature will also remain in force during the period.
Read: Police seize Rs 3.5 cr meant for bribing voters in T'gana



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