Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections are going to held today. Polling will be held from 7 am to 6 pm in 150 divisions of GHMC. A total of 1,122 candidates are in the fray in 150 divisions. There are a total of 74,44,260 voters, including 38,77,688 men, 35,65,896 women and 676 others.
State Election Commission Commissioner C. Parthasarathy announced that all the arrangements for the conduct of polling have been completed and everything is ready. By Monday night, polling staff had arrived at polling stations with election equipment. A total of 48,000 people, including presiding officers, assistant presiding officers and other polling staff, are involved in polling duties. It is a known fact that the Election Commission has decided to hold elections by paper ballot instead of EVMs as VVIPs are not available in the wake of corona spread. 9,101 polling stations were set up and webcasting was provided at 2,277 polling stations.
28,683 ballot boxes were prepared for the election and 81,88,686 ballot papers were printed. White ballots are being used since the Baldia election. It is also a privilege to print the nota symbol on the ballot papers. Postal ballots were provided to 2,831 people. This includes paraplegics, the elderly over the age of 80, as well as 260 corona victims. As soon as the polling is over, the ballot boxes will be moved to the strong rooms by the election staff amidst police security.
The government has directed industries and other organizations to provide some relief during their working hours to enable GHMC voters to vote outside GHMC if they are working outside the GHMC.
It is a known fact that the TRS, which is in power in the state, and the BJP at the Center have been campaigning furiously to take the Baldia elections very seriously. The TRS party, which has been winning every election since the formation of Telangana, has been facing some competition from the BJP at the Center in recent times. The TRS, which won 99 of the 150 divisions in the last GHMC elections, wants to win a significant number of seats this time around to retain its grip on state politics. This is the unrivaled MIM in the old town. It is slow to retain the 44 seats it won in the last election. The BJP, which won only 4 seats in the 68 divisions that contested in the last GHMC elections as part of its alliance with the TDP, is in the fray with the recent Dubaka Assembly by-election victory.
On December 4, the government announced a holiday for the counting of votes, the announcement of results and a holiday.