Deployment of particular boats and putting in sturdy communication tools enabled officers to register a file 79% polling on the 624 polling stations in Naxal-affected Chintoor Agency of East Godavari district.
The Agency, sharing the tri-State border with Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Telangana, went to polls within the third part held on February 17.
Nearly 500 voters dwelling within the cut-off space from the Godavari have been persuaded to train their franchise by arriving within the mainland by boats, and the initiative yielded outcomes.
“The voters from the group of four gram panchayats — Edugurallapalli, Tummileru, Jeeduguppa and Koturu — in Chintoor Agency have come forward to cross the river by boats to arrive at the polling station at Pocharam on the other side of the river. We have ensured timely transportation and safety and they believed in our promise and exercised their franchise successfully,” stated Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA-Chintoor) Project Officer A. Venkata Ramana.
At least 500 voters have solid their vote from the 4 panchayats by crossing the Godavari. Braving the hilly terrain, practically 700 voters trekked the hills for above 10 km solely to train their vote down the hills from throughout the Chintoor Agency.
“In many polling stations, the voters — mostly belonging to the Konda Reddy tribe — even trekked for two hours. All of them have been provided nutritious food and provided accommodation to take rest to resume their trek by evening,” Mr. Venkata Ramana informed The Hindu.
In Tega panchayat, which shares border with Sukma district in Chhattisgarh, the polling employees had arrived on the polling station with excessive frequency communication units and performed the polling.
“The polling staff have been provided everything to face the challenges — new terrain, absence of communication and trek through the jungle — to guarantee an environment in which the polling was conducted with a huge turnout of voters,” Mr. Venkata Ramana claimed.
A complete of 5 satellite tv for pc telephone units and 25 Very High Frequency communication units have been offered to the employees deployed within the Naxal-affected pockets.