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With 185 candidates in fray in Nizamabad, EC chooses EVM over ballot papers

EVMs, not ballots, to be used in Nizamabad where 185 are in fray: EC

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

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The on Sunday directed the Chief Electoral Officer of to make arrangements for conduct of elections in constituency, where 185 candidates including over 170 farmers are in the fray, using EVMs instead of ballot papers.

After the deadline for withdrawal of nominations ended Thursday, a total of 443 candidates remained in fray in Telangana, with topping the list at 185.

With the number of candidates higher than what the EVMs can accommodate, CEO had earlier said the polls will be conducted through ballot paper and the matter will be referred to the for approval.

According to an official release, the Commission has issued orders to M/s ECIL for immediate supply of 26820 BUs, 2240 CUs and 2600 of third-generation (M3) Electronic Voting Machines make, to CEO

The farmers had filed their nominations from Nizamabad, where Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao's daughter K Kavitha is seeking re-election, protesting the alleged failure of the ruling to ensure minimum support price for turmeric and red jowar (sorghum).

They are also demanding setting up of a turmeric board.

Telangana, which has 17 Lok Sabha constituencies, goes to polls in the first phase on April 11.

First Published: Sun, March 31 2019. 23:35 IST