Small districts made conduct of polls easy

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Small districts made conduct of polls easy
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Sangareddy: The concept of small districts conceived by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has not only made administration easy, but has also simplified the holding of elections. Since the elections were conducted almost without any issues across Telangana, it has become a talk in not only official circles but also among the general public in the State.

For example, a Superintendent of Police and Collector of erstwhile Medak district, having a collectorate in Sangareddy, used to travel 300 km just to make a visit to Siddipet constituency headquarters. Since the distance to the constituency in Sangareddy district has been reduced to just 70 km, it has considerably reduced the time a Collector and SP spend on travel during the crucial election time.

Moreover, the Collector and SP had to deal with 10 to 14 constituencies when there were 10 districts in the State. In 2018 elections, the Sangareddy, Siddipet and Medak Collectors and SPs had to deal with only 5, 4 and 2 Assembly constituencies respectively, which considerably reduced the burden of work on them. For example, Sangareddy Collector M Hanumantha Rao could tour all the five constituencies in Sangareddy district by a day ahead of the elections talking to local returning officers and election staff leisurely. Though they could visit all the constituencies even during the 2014 elections, the officers could not spend much time at each constituency. Since they had to deal with not more than five constituencies, the officials were also reachable over phone easily to their subordinates and others.

Even during the counting, the small districts had helped them to carry out the counting process without any hiccups in the State.

Increase in voter turnout:

Meanwhile, officials have also said that small districts were also one of the key reasons for improving the polling percentage considerably this year. Since the officials were less burdened with election work, an officer said that they could concentrate more on conducting awareness programmes.

In addition, officials said that the use of technology had also made work and coordination easy for them.

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