AP by-elections today
By-elections are being held in 18 Assembly and 4 Lok Sabha constituencies Today.
Around one third of the electorate in Telangana region is expected to exercise their franchise in the polls which are primarily being fought on the T-sentiment. Except in Khairatabad and Terlam Assembly segments, by-polls were necessitated by the resignation of representatives of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi.
There are 92 lakh voters in all the constituencies together. The government has deployed 55,000 police personnel to ensure peaceful polling, of which 15,000 are from Central forces.
A holiday has been declared under the Negotiable Instruments Act for all the institutions and shops in constituencies where by-polls are being held. Secretariat employees will also have a holiday as it falls in the Khairatabad segment. In case of voters who work in offices located in other constituencies authorities shall give two-hour permission to enable them to vote.
Additional security and election observers are being posted for free and fair conduct of elections. The Election Commission of India has given instructions that the electors should produce Electronic photo identity card (EPIC) to exercise their franchise. But those not having EPIC can also vote by producing the any of the specified documents for identification.