The district administration is geared up for MPTC and ZPTC elections to be held on April 8. As many as 12,000 polling staff will be deployed to 2,100 polling stations, of which 716 are sensitive and 736 hypersensitive, to ensure the polling process. Zilla Parishad CEO V Nagarjuna Sagar said elections for 614 of 651 Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituencies (MMTCs) and 37 of 39 Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituencies (ZPTCs) will be held. He said one ZPTC member and 37 MPTCs were elected unopposed. Of them, 36 MPTCs belong to YSRC and one went to an Independent. Rolugunta ZPTC was elected unopposed.
He said 17.84 lakh voters will exercise their franchise during the polls. There are 10 polling stations in Maoist-infested areas and they will be relocated as was done during the recent panchayat elections. He said they had completed almost 80 percent of the arrangements for the elections when they were postponed last year.
Sagar said they have 7,530 ballot boxes against a requirement of 5,934 ballot boxes. He said ballots of both MPTC and ZPTC should cast in the same ballot box. Stating that the model code of conduct was in force since Thursday, he said 41 field surveillance teams with one team for each Mandal and 68 static surveillance teams have been deployed to enforce the MCC. He said ballots were already printed last year and they were kept in the treasury. He said they were expecting 80 percent of polling in the elections. He said three phases of training sessions for election staff were already completed and the final phase of training will be conducted in a day or two. He said 310 route officers and 179 zonal officers will be deployed.
Meanwhile, Vizianagaram Collector M Hari Jawaharlal held a virtual review meeting with officials with regard to polling stations verification, MCC implementation, the status of ballot boxes, ballot papers verification, distribution of voter slips, postal ballots, training of officials and counting.