Hyderabad, Feb.15 (NSS): One nomination for Graduates constituency and three papers for Teachers constituencies were received on the first day of filing nominations on Tuesday, the Chief Electoral Officer, Mr Bhanwar Lal has said.
Speaking to mediapersons in his chamber in the Secretariat on Tuesday, Mr Bhanwar Lal said that a candidate, Mr Sudheer Reddy Yeluri submitted his nomination papers to the Returning Officer concerned for Prakasam-Nellore-Chittoor Graduates’ Constituency. Two others – Mr Venkata Krishna Molakapalle and Mr Chennupati Ramanjaneyulu — filed their nomination papers to the Returning Officer of Prakasam-Nellore-Chittoor Teachers’ Constituency. Similarly, one Mr Arakala Krishna Goud submitted his nomination for Mahbubnagar-Ranga Reddy-Hyderabad Teachers’ Constituency to the Returning Officer concerned.
The CEO revealed that 1,095 polling stations are proposed to be set up for biennial elections to three Graduates’ constituencies while 582 polling stations for three Teachers’ constituencies. The proposed polling stations may get approval of the Election Commission of India (ECI) in two or three days, he added.
The total number of voters in the Srikakulam-Vizinagaram-Visakhapatnam Graduates’ Constituency were 1,161,251 for which 321 polling stations were proposed to be set up while for Kadapa-Anantapur-Kurnool Graduates Constituency having 1,97,334 electors, 402 polling stations were proposed. It was also proposed to be set up 372 polling stations for Prakasam-Nellore-Chittoor Graduates’ Constituency, which has 1,81,564 voters.
For Mahbubnagar-Ranga Reddy-Hyderabad Teachers’ Constituency, 237 polling stations were proposed to be set up for 15,053 electors. For Kadapa-Anantapur-Kurnool Teachers’ Constituency which had 12,966 electors, 165 polling stations were proposed. The proposed polling stations for Prakasam-Nellore-Chittoor having 14,243 electors would have 180 polling stations.
Mr Banwar Lal made it clear that there would be no symbol for elections to the Legislative Council. He also disclosed that nominations would not be received on February 16 and 22 as they were general holidays.
The retired Secretary of Election Commission of India, Mr C R Brahmam, would conduct training for Returning Officers, Polling Staff and political parties’ representatives in the districts from February 18.
The CEO has said that he has already sent a report to the ECI against the Primary Education Minister, Dr Shailajanath, for violation of model code of conduct. It may be mentioned here that the Minister held a meeting with the officials in Anantapur district on February 9, a day after announcement of elections that would attract the provisions of violation of Election code. (NSS)