Over 74 Lakh Voters to Decide the Outcome of GHMC Polls

Over 74 Lakh Voters to Decide the Outcome of GHMC Polls - Sakshi Post

Hyderabad: A total of 74,23,980 voters including 34,53,910 women will decide the political fortunes of 1,333 candidates on Tuesday for the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elections.

Authorities have set up 7,802 polling stations in 24 Assembly constituencies that come under the GHMC limits. Elaborate security arrangements have been made at the polling stations where polling will be held from 7 am to 5 pm for the elections to the 150-member municipal body.
The run up to the polls saw hectic campaigning from all major political parties that included TRS, opposition Congress, TDP-BJP combine and the MIM. The counting of votes would be taken up on February 5. The electioneering for the GHMC resembled a Legislative Assembly poll with senior leaders from all major parties hitting the streets months before the polling. TDP President and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who takes credit for turning the city into an IT hub, canvassed for the candidates of the alliance for two days. Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, his son and state IT and Panchayat Raj Minister K T Rama Rao undertook a vigorous campaign to wrest the civic body in the metropolis. MIM president and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi was the star campaigner for the party.

The state election commission will be webcasting polling activity from 3,200 polling stations. Police will also monitor the polling activity at its command and control centre. As part of the massive security arrangements, over 40,000 policemen, NCC and NSS volunteers will be deployed in Hyderabad and Cyberabad police commissionerates to ensure peaceful conduct of the elections. More than 46,000 polling personnel including 1,950 micro observers will be on duty. GHMC commissioner and special officer B. Janardhan Reddy said all arrangements had been made to ensure free and fair polls. 

General Holiday: The government has declared a general holiday in GHMC limits. All government offices, educational institutions, shops, commercial establishments and banks will be closed. District collectors of Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy and Medak have issued orders in this regard. Half-day holiday has also been declared for employees of IT/ITES companies to enable them to cast their votes. The labour department issued orders that half day will be treated as paid holiday. The elections are seen as the first major test of strength for all parties after 2014 elections and also the first after the creation of separate Telangana state. Ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which has fielded candidates in all divisions, is confident of sweeping the polls and capturing the posts of mayor and deputy mayor with post-poll tie up with its friendly party Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM), which is contesting over 60 seats. The main opposition Congress party and the TDP-BJP alliance are the other major contenders of power in the municipal body. Telugu Desam Party (TDP) is contesting 90 seats while Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded candidates in remaining 60 divisions.

 


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