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Mock polling to be conducted in every booth at 6 am

Mock polling to be conducted in every booth at 6 am
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Mock Polling to be Conducted in Every Booth at 6 am. Chief Electoral Officer Bhanwarlal said here on Monday that the presiding officers would conduct mock polling in all stations an hour before voting to ensure proper work of EVMs.

Yellareddy SI suspended for not accounting seized cash

No identity cards required if person has voter slips

Hyderabad: Chief Electoral Officer Bhanwarlal said here on Monday that the presiding officers would conduct mock polling in all stations an hour before voting to ensure proper work of EVMs.

He told the media that the exercise would be taken up in all 40,512 polling stations and that EVMs would be kept ready by 7 am on May 7. This decision was taken by the Election Commission following complaints received from various polling stations during the first phase of elections on account of delay due malfunctioning of EVMs. The CEO said that if any EVM was faulty it would be replaced. As many as 2,000 additional EVMs were being made available in each district during the second phase of elections on May 7. About 1.6 lakh EVMs have been positioned in 13 districts. Bhanwarlal clarified that those persons who were under police security should travel to polling stations and return to their house after voting. They should not be present in any other place during the polling day; they would be taken in to custody if they violate the rule.

Yellareddy SI suspended

He said Yellareddy SI R Shanker was suspended for not accounting the cash that was seized from contractor Ashok Rao Patel. It was established during investigation that Shanker and local reporters of print and electronic media had committed an offence. An amount of Rs 2.86 lakh has been recovered from them out of Rs 4 lakh seized from the contractor. A case has been registered against him.

May 8 holiday for POs and APOs

Bhanwarlal said the EC decided to give holiday to presiding officers and assistant presiding officers on May 8. Only eight vehicles would be allowed in case of the Lok Sabha seats and three vehicles for the Assembly candidates during the polling day.

Permission to other vehicles given during the campaign would be cancelled. All presiding officers have been directed to allow voters who have voter slips and not to ask other identity cards.

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