Hyderabad: EC declared holiday on Dec 1st, in view of GHMC elections for business establishments, government offices, private organisations, and shops. This order is for Medchal, Malkjagiri, Ranga Reddy, Hyderabad and Sanga Reddy districts.
Now with Sunday falling on Nov 29th, 30th Monday and Dec 1st Tuesday, political parties are worried about the continuous holidays for 3 days as some schools and offices declared Monday also as a holiday. This will impact the poll as the migrants are in a mood to move to their native places from Saturday evening.
Some parties are worried about rigging during the polling day as the voting is through Ballot paper and not through EVMs. All political parties are coming up with a slogan to’ cast vote’ as closing date for campaign is nearing. IT employees, who are in large number along with labour workforce, should come and cast their vote without taking rest at home or leaving for native places, it is for the future of Hyderabad elections are being held, it is a must for everyone to use their vote, felt a senior observer from Forum for Good Governance.
The percentage of turn out in 2016 was around 45.27 which is higher than 2009, 42%, first elections after GHMC was created after merger of surrounding villages and municipalities with the city.
Total 9,101 polling stations are allotted for polling by EC in which 99 polling stations are placed in Kondapur which is the highest number and least in RC Puram which has only 33 polling stations.