Sending the mercury shooting up in the political barometer in Telangana, a team of Election Commission of India (ECI) officials will arrive in Telangana on October 3 to assess the election preparedness of various stakeholders.
According to Telangana CEO Vikas Raj, the visit, which will last three days, is aimed at engaging with various stakeholders, assessing poll preparedness, and interacting with the local community.
The visit of the team in October’s first week assumes significance in the wake of the expectation that the ECI would announce elections to the Telangana Assembly in October itself.
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Meeting with political parties
On the first day of their visit, the ECI officials will kickstart their work by calling a crucial meeting involving national and state recognized political parties. Following this, the team will convene a meeting with enforcement agencies to discuss key matters related to the upcoming elections.
On 4 October, the officials will focus on assessing poll preparedness at the grassroots level.
District election officers (DEOs) and superintendents of police (SPs)/commissioners of police (CPs) from all 33 districts in Telangana will make detailed presentations to the ECI team.
On the final day, 5 October, the team will focus on Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation (SVEEP) activities.
Final electoral rolls on 4 Oct
The EC team will interact with state icons, voters who are persons with disabilities (PwDs) voters, and young voters, to promote awareness and participation in the democratic process.
The team will also engage in a crucial meeting with the chief secretary and the director general of police (DGP) to align their efforts with the state administration and central security agencies.
Sources told South First, the final electoral rolls will be published on 4 October.
The draft electoral roll, published after the second special summary revision on 21 August, puts the total number of voters in the state at 3,06,26,996 of whom men were 1,53,73,066, women 1,52,51,797, and transgender voters 2,133.
The staff at the state and district level are being given orientation classes on conducting the elections.