86 lakh voters to cast vote in AP bypolls

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Hyderabad, Apr 25 (UNI) As many as 86 lakh voters were expected to exercise their franchise in 8000 polling stations in the byelections for four Lok Sabha and 18 Assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh on May 29, state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) I V Subba Rao said today.

Talking to newspersons here, the CEO said the election machinery in the State was gearing up to ensure peaceful bypolls.

While the bypolls were caused by the enmasse resignation by Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) members over the delay in grant of statehood to the Telangana region, the other two Assembly seats fell vacant, following the death of a Congress and a Telugu Desam Party (TDP) legislator.

Electronic Voting Machines (EVMS) would be used for the bypolls, he said, adding the EVMs would be allotted to the polling stations following representation from various parties.

Mr Rao said those provided with gunmen were ineligible to sit as agents during the bypolls.

Preparation of photo electoral rolls would be taken up from May 1 all over the state, except in those constituencies where byelections would be held.

No political party should deface public property, he said, adding that prior permission had to be taken for using private property from the owners concerned.

Mr Rao said loudspeakers should not be used after 2200 hrs.


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