History of parliamentary elections of India will be written in Nizamabad Lok Sabha seat in Telangana. Due to having 185 candidates in the electoral field, 12 EVMs of big size will be installed at all polling stations.
With the other 16 seats of the Lok Sabha in Nizamabad, the polling will be held on April 11. This will be the first Lok Sabha seat in the country, which has such a large number of candidates.
Due to the record number of candidates, there are 178 farmers standing in the election grounds. They are in the electoral fray to attract the attention of people on the demand of fair value for their agricultural products.
It was believed that the EC can vote through the ballot because only 64 names of the candidates can be included in the EVM. But the Election Commission ordered the supply of 26,820 EVMs, 2240 control units and 2600 Voter-verified paper audit trails (VVPAT) of M3 type to the Electronics Corporation of India Limited (ECIL) to resolve this problem.
All polling stations will have 12 EVMs of M3 type and all will be connected to the single control unit and VVPAT. All these EVMs will be kept in English’s L shape and all machines will have a maximum of 16 names.
Officials said that all arrangements are being made for smooth voting on 1778 polling booths. Along with this, a Model Polling station will be built in the city, which will bring awareness about the voting process in the people.
Flexi Board will be set up at all polling stations, which will have the serial number, symbols, name, photo and candidates so that voters can easily identify the candidate of their choice.
Election Officer of Lok Sabha constituency and Nizamabad district collector M Ramamohan Rao said that the election officers have been trained on special arrangements made here.
On the other hand, the farmers fighting the Independent elections have complained that they have not been allotted the election symbol so far.
He has appealed to Chief Election Officer (CEO) Rajat Kumar that the voting should be postponed because he will not get time to publicize his election symbol. The CEO said that he can keep his demand before the Election Commission, who will make a final decision about this.
Officials are allocating record number of 186 symbols including nota.
The farmers said that the election process cannot be smooth, because all the voters will take at least 4-5 minutes to pick the election symbol for the candidate of their choice.
There are 15 lakh voters in this Lok Sabha seat. Here, 200 candidates had filed nomination and after the withdrawal, 185 candidates are in the fray.
Chief Minister of Telangana Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter K. Kavitha is in the field to be re-elected here, while on behalf of the Congress, Madhu Yakshi Gaur and D. Arvind are the main opponents from the BJP.