Hyderabad: Making it clear that the non-locals, including ministers and MLAs should leave Kadapa and Pulivendula before 5 pm of Friday, the Chief Electoral Officer, Mr Bhanwar Lal, has announced that there would be a ban on telecasting Exit polls, surveys and asking opinion of voters after 5 pm of Friday.
Speaking to the media at Secretariat here on Thursday, Mr Bhanwar Lal said that about 11,100 police personnel were deployed for the by-election. He said that the EC has identified 204 polling stations as highly sensitive, 584 as sensitive and 487 as problematic areas. He said that the Election Commission was using 10,378 personnel as polling staff for the by-elections. He said that the election campaigning would end by 5 pm on Friday. He also asked the political parties not to distribute polling slips after Friday evening as Election Commission has already issued the slips.
The CEO said that the Election Commission has booked bind-over cases against 10,829 persons and seized 1,240 weapons. He said that the Election Commission had seized Rs.2.74 crores till date in Kadapa district. He said that the Election Commission would impose six-month rigorous jail imprisonment if the Election staff acted in favor of any political party. (NSS)