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Polling staff leave, lock, stock and barrel

Polling will be conducted from 7 am to 6 pm. Deployed 10,200 polling staff for 2194 polling stations

28 candidates remained in fray from Karimnagar parliament constituency

A total of 17.97 lakhs electorate including women 9,19,565 women voters and 8,77,483 men voters

KARIMNAGAR, MAY 12, 2024: A total of 10,200 polling staff for all 2194 polling stations in the Karimnagar parliament constituency in Karimnagar left for their respective stations after getting electronic voting machines (EVMs), voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) system and other election-related material on Sunday from various distribution centres in the district on Sunday.

District Election Officer and Collector Pamela Satpathy said that they had identified 288 problematic and sensitive polling stations and making all arrangements to ensure smooth conduct of polling by deploying additional police forces. The polling officials would conduct mock polling at 6 am. Stating that the polling would be conducted from 7 am to 6 pm, she said that they had opened five model polling stations in each assembly segment with drinking water, seating arrangements, fans and other facilities.

A total of 28 candidates remained in fray from the parliament constituency. The election authorities have decided to set up two ballot units to help the voters exercise their franchise.  The Karimnagar and Choppadandi assembly segments distribution centres were set up at SRR college and Manakondur assembly segment at government polytechnic college at LMD in Karimnagar town. The administration has arranged buses to ferry staff to the polling stations and then back after the conclusion of the voting process to store the EVMs at the strong room of SRR college.

The Collector said that they had fixed GPS for the vehicles transporting the EVMs and polling staff. The webcasting would be conducted in 1012 polling stations. She informed the polling officials to inform their higher authorities if they encounter any problems with the EVMs during the polling day immediately. Election Obsever Amith Kataria, Additional Collectors Praful Desai and Laxmi Kiran and other officials were also present.

Collector Pamela Satpathy called upon the first-time voters to exercise their franchise. She said that they were taking all measures to increase the polling percentage to ensure that every voter exercise their franchise with any fear.


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