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Telangana anticipates security personnel shortage for LS polls

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

anticipates a shortage of police personnel for the polls as it is difficult to get additional forces from other states due to simultaneous elections all over the country, a top said.

"We are taking all efforts to make proper arrangements but I anticipate there will be a slight shortage of uniformed personnel," said.

During the assembly polls last year, about 19,000 additional security personnel from other states were deployed.

"Last time (assembly polls) we deployed about 95,000 police personnel for the elections, of which 19,000 were from other states.

This time it may not be possible because polls are being held all over the country and every state has its own elections," Kumar said.

He said they had asked for additional security forces from other states and added that about 2.5 lakh personnel, including poll officials, would be used for election duty.

The elections would be held in single phase in on April 11.

The notification will be issued on March 18 and the last date for filing nominations would be March 25.

Kumar said initially there were concerns on availability of Electronic Voting Machines as 34 Election Petitions have been separately filed in the High Court on various grounds.

Twenty of these petitions were filed against the 'efficacy, veracity and functioning', among others, of the EVMs, sources said

This prompted the officials to keep about 9,000 EVMs in a 'lock-in' state, he said.

As per rules, EVMs of those constituencies whose verdict is challenged in courts should be kept intact and not be used until the court clears the petition.

"We have asked the Election Commission of to allocate the machines which are locked for in EPs. They have made the allocation and we have received sufficient number of machines," the said.

Kumar said Telangana plans to set up 35,000 polling stations across the state

As per the standard formula, states should have 1.6 times ballot units in proportion to the number of polling stations, 1.3 times (VVPAT) and 1.2 times control units, he said

He said the total number of voters for the Lok Sabha polls in Telangana was expected to be nearly three crore.

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First Published: Sun, March 17 2019. 12:45 IST