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Counting begins in Huzurabad byelection

A huge voter turnout of 86.64 per cent was reported in the bypoll with 2,05,236 electors of the total voters of 2,36,873 exercising their franchise at the hustings, considered as the prestigious by-election for the ruling TRS and both the National parties – the BJP and the Congress.

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Hyderabad: The counting of votes polled in Saturday’s byelection to the Huzurabad Assembly constituency began in Karimnagar town in Telangana at 0800 hours on Tuesday, amid tight security arrangements.

Postal ballots were taken up initially followed by counting of votes in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs)
The electoral fate of as many as 30 candidates including Mr Etela Rajender from BJP, Gellu Srinivas Yadav from ruling TRS and Congress nominee Balmoor Venkat Narsing Rao will be known when the final result of the bypoll will be out by 1600 hours this evening.

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All eyes are on the outcome of the fiercely fought by-election.

A huge voter turnout of 86.64 per cent was reported in the bypoll with 2,05,236 electors of the total voters of 2,36,873 exercising their franchise at the hustings, considered as the prestigious by-election for the ruling TRS and both the National parties – the BJP and the Congress.

The bypoll assumed significance as Mr Rajender is seeking re-election from the Huzurabad seat on the BJP ticket after resigning to the MLA post following his expulsion from Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s Cabinet over allegations of purchase of assigned lands illegally in May this year.

Prohibitory orders have been imposed within a 200-metre radius of the counting centre.
Karimnagar District Collector R.V. Karnan, who is the District Election Officer, said elaborate arrangements have been made to ensure smooth conduct of counting of votes at the designated counting centre on the premises of the SRR Government Degree and PG College.

Counting of votes began at the two counting halls in conformity to the COVID-19 safety precautions.
The entire counting process will be completed in 22 rounds.

The counting staff were given training on counting procedures in strict adherence to the Election Commission guidelines, he said.

No victory procession will be permitted after the counting of votes as per the Election Commission of India’s instructions.

Only two persons will be allowed to accompany the winning candidate to receive the certificate of election from the Returning Officer.

A three-tier security layer comprising the State police and the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel has been put in place at the counting centre as part of tight security arrangements.

The entire premises of the counting centre brought under CCTV surveillance.

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