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HYDERABAD: Gearing up for the biennial elections to the Hyderabad-Rangareddy-Mahbubnagar graduates’ constituency polls on March 14, district election authorities are training presiding officers (POs) and additional presiding officers (APOs).
The POs and APOs were on Sunday trained on Covid-19 arrangements, procedures that need to be followed on polling day, including arrangements of ballot boxes inside polling booths, seating arrangements etc.
The final electoral rolls have been published and the number of electors stood at 5.31 lakh till February 18. As per records, the highest number of voters are enrolled in Rangareddy ( 1,40,968) followed by Medchal Malkajgiri (1,27,543) and Hyderabad (1,07,124).
Postal ballot facility would be available for the speciallabled (person with disabilities) , electors above 80 years and Covid-19 patients.
“People enrolled as voters and tested positive for Covid19 should submit a letter by hospital, people under home quarantine should submit a letter given by the district medical officer of health (DMOH) to cast their vote through postal ballot,” a nodal officer on election duty said.
As per the guidelines issued by Election Commission, due to Covid19 not more than 1,000 electors would be assigned for a polling station. “We have identified 616 polling stations and 183 auxiliary polling stations, taking the tally to 799 polling stations,” a nodal officer appointed for MLC election said. In all, 93 candidates are in the fray for biennial elections to the Hyderabad-Rangareddy-Mahbubnagar graduate’s constituency poll.
Contesting candidates should submit prior application, 24 hours before, to hold rallies, meetings and padayatras to returning officers or collectors of respective districts.

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