The counting of votes for two graduates' MLC constituencies has started. The Election Commission of India (ECI) had made elaborate arrangements for the counting of votes in Hyderabad-Rangareddy-Mahbubnagar (HRM) and Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda (WKN) constituencies.
The polling was conducted on March 14. A candidate should get at least 50% of valid votes and one extra vote to be declared a winner. The ruling TRS is confident of winning the Nalgonda-Warangal-Khammam constituency.
The counting of votes is underway at LB Nagar indoor stadium, Hyderabad and in Telangana State Warehousing Corporation located at Arjalabavi, on the outskirts of Nalgonda. A total of 3,86,320 votes have been polled in the Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda graduates' constituency whereas 3,57,354 votes polled in the Mahbubnagar-Rangareddy-Hyderabad graduates’ constituency.
An official said, "We have taken necessary steps to ensure that the counting continues without any problem. We have also taken various steps for the convenience of the staff on counting duty."
The counting might continue till Friday. More than 1,200 police personnel have been deployed on duty to facilitate smooth counting of votes in Rachakonda limits.
Officials said three-level security arrangements have been made at Saroornagar indoor stadium. Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh Bhagwat visited the counting centre and reviewed the arrangements.
An official said, “Elaborate arrangements have been made for the counting with nearly 1,200 police forces on the ground to take care of law and order and arrangements. There is a prohibition on the unlawful assembly of persons across the police commissionerate area."
As many as 3,600 polling staff have been deployed to Telangana State Warehousing Corporation for counting of votes. Nalgonda Superintendent of Police AV Ranganath visited the place and reviewed the security arrangements at the counting centre.