A total of 7,507 candidates are vying for 2,786 gram panchayat sarpanch seats in the second tranche villages. Polling is underway for 20,817 wards, with 44,876 candidates in the fray.
AP Local Body Elections 2021
AP Local Elections Phase 2: State election officials have made all arrangements for the second installment of the Andhra Pradesh Gram Panchayat elections. Polling will start at 6.30 am and will continue till 3.30 pm. In the second installment, notifications were issued for the conduct of elections in 3,328 gram panchayats and it is known that the Sarpanchi posts in 539 places were unanimous. As nominations for Sarpanchi posts have not been filed in each of the Gram Panchayats in Nellore, Kurnool and Srikakulam districts, arrangements have been made by the polling management officers for the remaining 2,786 Sarpanchi posts.
A total of 7,507 candidates are vying for 2,786 gram panchayat sarpanch seats in the second tranche villages. 12,604 were unanimous for 33,570 wards. Polling will be held in the remaining 20,817 wards as nominations have not been filed in another 149 wards. A total of 44,876 candidates contested for the post. Meanwhile, 29,304 polling stations have been set up. Polling staff arrived at the respective centers on Friday night with ballot boxes, ballot papers and other equipment.
Special security measures were taken to identify 4,181 centers as the most problematic and 5,480 centers as the most problematic in the polling areas. 18,387 large, 8,351 medium and 24,034 small size ballot boxes are being used in the run-up to this election with ballot paper. A total of 81,327 personnel were involved in polling duties while 4,385 zonal officers, route officers and micro-observers were deployed. Specialized webcams have been set up at 9,661 centers identified as problematic and highly problematic.
Polling will be held from 6.30 am to 3.30 pm in Maoist-affected areas till 1.30 pm. SEC officials said Kovid positive victims would be allowed to vote with corona caution for an hour at the end of polling. A special cell has been set up for the ongoing elections across the state. State Election Commissioner Nimmagadda Rameshkumar, Panchayati Raj Chief Secretary Gopalakrishna Dwivedi and Commissioner Girijashankar will monitor the elections from their offices.
The counting of votes will begin immediately after the polling ends. Authorities said the counting would begin at 4 p.m. He said the ballot boxes would be shifted to the designated area and the wards would be counted after the first wards. The Panchayati Raj Department has directed that appropriate arrangements be made in the two separate rooms in the wake of the counting of votes being carried out immediately after the polling, and that others be cordoned off with barricades to prevent ballot papers from being touched.
Adequate lighting and dining facilities should be provided to the staff if the counting of votes is to be held at night as well. It is suggested to constantly monitor webcasting through the control room and keep the data safe. It was suggested that an additional officer should be appointed in the panchayats with a population of more than five thousand and in the larger panchayats and troubled areas the Gazetted officer should be appointed to assist Arvo. He said Rs 80 crore has already been released to 13 districts for election expenses and Rs 116 crore has been released for the second tranche.
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13 Feb 2021 7:05 AM (ACTUAL)
Bars lined up for polling
The second round of polling began at 6:30 a.m. Saturday. Voters are flocking to cast their ballots. Polling is being conducted with full care in the corona background. Voters are allowed into the polling station only if they wear masks. Polling will continue until 3:30 p.m. Meanwhile, election officials said the Maoist-affected areas would remain open only until 1:30 p.m.
13 Feb 2021 6:50 AM (ACTUAL)
Polling for 2,786 gram panchayats
A total of 7,507 candidates are vying for the Gram Sarpanchi seats where the second phase of polling is taking place. Of the 33,570 wards in the villages, 12,604 were unanimous. Polling has started for the remaining 20,817 wards as nominations have not been filed in another 149 wards. There are 44,876 candidates vying for the wards.
13 Feb 2021 6:46 AM (ACTUAL)
Polling started in Parvathipuram division
Authorities have made all arrangements for the conduct of the second phase of elections in Parvathipuram division today. Elections are taking place in fifteen zones. Elections are being held in Badangi, Balijipeta, Bobbili, Garugubilli, Gummalakshmipuram, Jiyammavalasa, Komarada, Kurupam, Makkuva, Pachipenta, Parvathipuram, Ramabhadrapuram, Salur, Sithanagaram and Terla constituencies.