HYDERABAD: Arrangements have been made for the MLC elections to the six local authorities constituencies (LAC) of the Adilabad (undivided), Karimnagar, Khammam, Nalgonda and Medak districts scheduled for Friday. Voting will be held from 8 am to 4 pm. The 37 polling booths will see strict implementation of the Covid-19 protocols.
As many as 5,326 voters, including members of mandal parishad territorial constituency (MPTC) and zilla parishad territorial constituency, municipal councillors and corporators will exercise their franchise. As many as 26 candidates are in the fray, including sitting MLCs T. Bhanuprasad Rao (Karimnagar), M.C. Koti Reddy (Nalgonda) and Yadava Reddy (Medak), apart from independents. The ruling TRS has fielded L. Ramana from Karimnagar, Dande Vittal from Adilabad and Tata Madhu from Khammam. The Congress has fielded T. Nirmala Jagga Reddy from Medak and Rayala Nageshwar Rao from Khammam.
Speaking to Deccan Chronicle, chief electoral officer Shashank Goel said that all arrangements have been put in place. Medical teams will be available at all polling stations and voters will be allowed to cast their vote after thermal screening and use of sanitiser. If any voter is found to be Covid-19 positive, s/he will be allowed to cast the vote only during the last last hour of polling, Goel explained, adding that ambulance services will also be available at the booths.