The Telangana Government is taking certain measures in Hyderabad, ahead of the upcoming Telangana Assembly elections, scheduled on the 7th of December.
The police officials at the polling stations, on the 7th of December, will be equipped with breath analysers in order to ensure no one comes to vote in an intoxicated state.
With regard to this, Rajat Kumar, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO,) Telangana, said, checking each and every voter would be a tough task due to a shortage of staff, so random checking will be done to make sure the elections are conducted smoothly.
A.Y. Ranganath, Superintendent of Police (SP,) Nalgonda, said, “Suspected drunk voters would be checked randomly with breath analysers near polling stations.”
Any voter violating the rules will be booked under Section 188 (disobeying the orders of public person) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 132 (misconduct at polling station) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.
The measures were taken after Bangaru Telangana Sadhana Samithi, a nongovernmental organisation (NGO,) filed a petition against the illegal distribution of liquor to influence the voters.
The Telangana Election Commission seized approximately Rs. 15 crores worth of liquor till now.
The results of the Telangana elections will be announced on the 11th of December.