The Chief Electoral Officer said there are a total of 3,26,02,799 voters in the state, which include 1,62,98,418 males, 1,63,01,705 females and 2,676 transgenders. There are 999667 voters in the age group of 18-19. There are a total of 2,290 candidates in the state, including 221 women and one transgender.
Voting will take place on Thursday for the Telangana Assembly elections, with over 3.26 crore voters across all 119 seats deciding the political fate of 2,290 candidates. The Election Commission has completed all preparations, claiming to conduct smooth and peaceful voting. The main contest in the state is between the ruling BRS and Congress.
State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Vikas Raj said that voting in the state will take place from 7 am to 5 pm. However, polling in 13 constituencies of Maoist-affected districts will end at 4 pm only. 35,655 polling stations have been set up for voting on all the seats in the state, at which more than 1.85 lakh polling personnel will be deployed, while 22,000 micro observers will keep an eye on the entire voting process.
A total of 45,000 personnel from the state, 3,000 personnel from other departments, 50 companies of Telangana State Special Police (TSSP) and 375 companies of central paramilitary forces have been deployed as part of the elaborate security arrangements to ensure free and fair elections, the Chief Electoral Officer said. Have gone. At the same time, 23,500 home guards from neighboring states will also be on duty.
The Chief Electoral Officer said that there are a total of 3,26,02,799 voters in the state, which includes 1,62,98,418 males, 1,63,01,705 females and 2,676 transgenders. These include 15,406 service voters and 2,944 NRI voters. Whereas the number of voters in the age group of 18-19 is 9,99,667. A total of 2,290 candidates are in the fray in the state, including 221 women and one transgender.
The officials have handed over EVMs, VVPATs and other materials to the presiding officers. Election officials have arranged for a total of 72,931 ballot units or EVMs. Of them, 59,779 will be deployed at polling stations while the rest will be kept in reserve for replacement. 4 ballot units will be deployed at each polling station in Lal Bahadur Nagar constituency of Greater Hyderabad, which has the highest number of candidates (48).
Apart from this, there will be 3 EVMs at each polling station in 9 constituencies. Three EVMs will be placed at polling stations in Kamareddy, where 39 candidates, including Chief Minister and Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao, are in the fray. KCR is also contesting re-election from Gajwel constituency in Siddipet district. Meanwhile, state Congress chief A. Revanth Reddy is also contesting from Kodangal in Vikarabad district.
There is a tough contest between BRS and Congress for power in India’s youngest state. Counting of votes will take place on December 3.