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Polling has started peacefully in all the seven assembly constituencies of Vijayanagaram district.

Polling began peacefully at 7 am in all 1847 polling booths in the seven assembly constituencies viz., Vijayanagaram, Gajapatinagaram, Bobelli, Rajam, Chipurupally, Neelymurla and S. Kota in Vijayanagaram district. S. Kota falls under Visakhapatnam parliamentary constituency but the district administration officials made arrangements for polling as it is part of Vijayanagaram district. 15,62,921 people will vote till 6 pm.

However, those queuing up at 6 pm will be allowed to vote. 13,661 polling officials of various ranks will monitor the elections. 77 candidates are in the fray in seven assembly constituencies and 15 candidates are contesting in Vijayanagaram parliamentary constituency.

Vijayanagaram Collector S Nagalakshmi, who is monitoring the polls, said mock polling was conducted at 5:30 am to help staff understand the election process. According to him, engineers from Bharat Electrical Limited (BEL) will assist the polling officials in case of any technical malfunction in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). He is hopeful that the voter turnout will cross 80 percent by creating awareness among people about the importance of voting in a democracy.

Under the Election Commission of India's Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation Programme, officials organized various programs like flash mobs, cultural programs and others to encourage everyone to participate in the electoral process. Officials arranged tents, water, toilets, medical facilities, ramps and 716 wheelchairs at polling booths for differently abled persons to increase the voting percentage. 11 model polling stations have been set up in the district. The portraits of musical instruments on the model polling booth at Vijayanagaram Music College have already caught people's attention.

Visakhapatnam range Deputy Inspector General Vishal Gani and Vijayanagaram Superintendent of Police M Deepika have already reviewed the security arrangements and directed the police to be on alert at 362 sensitive villages and other sensitive places. 2272 web cameras are being used to collect video footage at these locations. Micro-observers were also appointed to brief the higher authorities on the situation on an hourly basis. After polling, the EVMs will be kept at Landi Engineering College and JNTU-GV University till June 4, the day of counting.

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