EC to use Ballot paper in Telangana’s Nizamabad

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Nizamabad constituency in Telangana will vote using ballot papers in Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on April 11, as 185 candidates, a majority of them turmeric farmers, remained in the contest for the next month’s elections confirmed state Chief Electoral Officer.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has fielded Kavitha from the Lok Sabha seat. She is the daughter of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. On the other hand, the Congress has once again fielded Madhu Yaskhi Goud from the constituency.

Chief electoral officer Rajath Kumar said “In Nizamabad, we have to go (conduct polls) by ballot paper. This will be also referred to ECI to take approval for what kind of ballot paper we will use. Symbols have to be allotted. ECI will give guidelines for the design of ballot paper, and we will print it.”

Turmeric and red sorghum farmers filed their nominations in mass to highlight their problems, especially about remunerative prices. They are also demanding setting up of a turmeric board. After the deadline for the withdrawal of nominations ended Thursday, a total of 443 candidates remained in the fray with Nizamabad topping the list with 185 candidates, a top state Election Commission official said.

As EVMs can be used for a maximum of 64 candidates, the authorities will have to use ballot papers for polling in Nizamabad.

Previously ballot papers have been used in the state in 1996 and 2010 and also the in the recent Gram Panchayat elections held in January 2019.

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