Munugode by election poll begins

staff Reporter

The fate of the Candidate contesting the Munugode By-Election   by 2.41 lakh voters is decided and the poll begins by 7 am today

The stage is set for polling for the bye-election to the Munugode Assembly seat in Telangana on Thursday, November 3. Authorities have made all the arrangements for polling in the constituency in Nalgonda district. A total of 2,41,855 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the bye-election, at 298 polling stations. The polling will be held from 7 am to 6 pm. The by-poll was necessitated after sitting MLA Komatireddy Raj Gopal Reddy resigned from the Congress to join the BJP in August. Raj Gopal is now contesting on a BJP ticket, and TRS has fielded former MLA Kusukuntla Prabhakar Reddy, while Congress has fielded Palvai Sravanthi Reddy, daughter of former MP Palvai Govardhan Reddy. The counting of votes would be taken up on November 6.

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Vikas Raj said that sending bulk SMS and automated campaigning through phone have been barred after 6 pm on November 3. The election authorities have also deployed special teams to monitor messages on social media. Non-voters have been directed to leave the constituency. Special teams have been deployed to verify the presence of non-voters in function halls, hotels and other places. “About 45 police teams and 37 revenue teams have been deployed to curb the number of outsiders in the constituency,” a press release from the CEO’s office said.

Of the 298 polling stations, 122 fall under the Rachakonda police commissionerate, and Rachakonda Commissioner of Police Mahesh Bhagwat said that security has been geared up in critical polling locations. Further, six companies of the Central Armed Police Force have been deployed across the polling locations. Overall, as many as 105 polling stations have been identified as critical. A total of 3,366 state police personnel and 15 companies of central forces have been deployed, according to IANS.

CEO Vikas Raj said that 198 police teams are on the ground to check any unauthorised movement of men and material. As many as 51 static surveillance teams and flying squads were deployed on the ground to check model code of conduct (MCC) violations. As part of the election process, 821 persons with criminal antecedents had been bound over and 111 belt shops (unauthorised outlets of licensed liquor shops) shut.

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