The TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao has succeeded in forcing the Election Commission to use ballot papers instead of electronic voting machines for the upcoming by-elections in the region by making its activists file large number of nominations.
An EVM can accommodate a maximum of 64 candidates and in 11 of the 12 constituencies going to polls, the number exceeds that limit thanks to the flurry of nominations filed by TRS members. There were 986 candidates in the fray in 12 segments on Friday, the last day for filing nominations, with Yellareddy receiving highest nominations of 114.
The chief electoral officer, Dr I.V. Subba Rao, said the EC would be left with no option but to conduct elections with ballot papers if large number of candidates remained in the reckoning.