The Chief Electoral Officer of Telangana, Vikas Raj, has initiated the silent period for the Telangana Legislative Assembly elections, as of 5 p.m. on November 28. This 48-hour interval leading up to the polling day mandates a cessation of all campaigning by political parties. The prohibition extends to election material, campaign activities, panel discussions, and media content that might sway voters.
A Committed Stance Against Undue Influence
Mr. Raj underscored the injunction on exit polls and opinion polls until 30 minutes post the close of polls. He also emphasized that political parties cannot hold public meetings due to Section 144 of CrPC, transport voters to polling stations, or distribute voter information slips bearing party or candidate details.
Polling Arrangements and Preparations
The preparations for polling include the third randomization of polling personnel, restrictions on vehicle access in the vicinity of polling stations, and monitoring by election agents. Interestingly, 27,178 voters have opted for home voting. For the sake of transparency, webcasting, along with CCTV coverage, will be implemented at several polling stations.
Crackdown on Illicit Election Activities
Mr. Raj urged voters to bring their Electoral Photo Identity Cards or one of the 12 approved identity proofs. He also highlighted the sizeable seizures made by the authorities, including cash, liquor, precious metals, drugs, and freebies, cumulatively worth a staggering ₹737 crore. The control rooms will operate 24/7 on the eve of the elections, ensuring compliance and security.