The voting for Maharashtra Legislative Council’s graduates’ constituency elections began on a peaceful note here on Friday. Over 2,87,000 graduate-voters will be exercising their franchise at 317 voting centres in Nagpur division comprising Nagpur, Wardha, Bhandara, Gondia and Chandrapur districts. Counting of votes will take place on June 24. The voting will end today evening.
A total of 14 candidates are in the fray. The polls would be conducted through preferential voting and it is mandatory for voters to put figures in Marathi, English in Roman style. Otherwise, the ballot would be declared invalid. There would be 317 voting centres in Nagpur division comprising Nagpur, Wardha, Bhandara, Gondia and Chandrapur districts. Over 1500 Government officials would be deployed for smooth conduct of the process during the polling day between 8 am and 4 pm. Election commission has declared a pink coloured card on which voters have to vote for a candidate of their choice.
Shyamsunder Shinde, Fisheries Commissioner from Mumbai has been appointed as the observer for the polls. Arrangements for postal ballots were also made for those who will be deployed on poll duty. Arrangments for helpline numbers with designated Government officials have also been made in Collectorate Office to deal with any difficulties faced by voters and candidates on the polling day.
The votes will be counted on June 24 from 8 am at Providence Girls High School, located in front of Collectorate in Civil Lines, Nagpur. There will be 24 tables and 48 officials would be engaged to complete the task. Tight security will be in place to prevent any eventuality at all centres on June 20 and also during the counting. The voter’s ID card would be mandatory for all voters which they would have to produce before the officials at the polling centres, said the Divisional Commissioner.