GHMC ready for elections

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GHMC ready for elections. With the elections closing in, the officials in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) are all geared up for their duties as electoral officers.

3091 polling booths under the GHMC limits

• Three teams allocated for each constituency

• Web cameras at each polling station

• Door-to-door verification of newly enrolled voters

• Unauthorised flexis to be dealt with seriously

With the elections closing in, the officials in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) are all geared up for their duties as electoral officers. There are 15 Assembly constituencies and two Parliament constituencies under the GHMC limits, while the remaining nine Assembly and one Parliament constituency come under respective collectorates.

The civic body has a staff of 30,000 who would be dedicated to the upcoming polls. Every constituency would have a minimum of 50 people assigned for the polls.

Rahul Bojja, Special Commissioner, GHMC, said, “The election code is in play and the GHMC will ensure that all political parties and civic bodies adhere to it. We have initiated three teams in every constituency. Apart from that, there will be three flying squads and three static surveillance teams in every constituency to make sure that the election code is followed to the book.”

Somesh Kumar, Commissioner, GHMC, said, “We would keep a close watch on campaign activities for any discrepancies. We would also have election observers who would keep a tab on election expenditure. There are 3091 polling booths under the GHMC limits and we would deploy staff to monitor these stalls during the polls. Apart from that we would also set up web cameras in every station. We have set up a central control room under the GHMC limits to monitor the webcast.”

The GHMC has also taken up a few steps to weed out bogus voting like door-to-door verification of the newly enrolled voters. Also a de-duplication programme has been developed which would identify people with two voter’s IDs.

“We have estimated that there would be 1400 people who would cast their vote in one polling booth. And since the dates for enrollment has been extended to March 31, we are expecting more voters. If their numbers increase, we would increase the polling booths and have two booths in the same place,” said Rahul Bojja.

Unauthorised flexis

During the elections, candidates generally put up posters and flexis ‘instigating’ people to vote for them. The GHMC has decided that it would act seriously upon such violations. “Unauthorised flexis and banners which deface the walls would be removed immediately by us. The charges for its removal and painting would be assigned to the particular candidate and a notice would be sent to the party,” said Somesh Kumar.

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