Hyderabad: The voting for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 in Nizamabad constituency will be conducted using ballot papers and not the electronic voting machines (EVMs), Telangana Chief Electoral Officer Rajath Kumar was quoted as informing by news agency ANI on Friday. A total of 185 candidates, mostly turmeric and red sorghum farmers, are in the fray in the constituency.

As EVMs can be used for a maximum of 64 candidates, the authorities will have to use ballot papers for polling in Nizamabad. “There are 185 contestants in the fray in Nizamabad so we will be conducting the elections using ballot papers,” he said.

Kumar also said the arrangements for conduct of polling with ballot papers were still under discussion and a final decision would be taken by the Election Commission.

Notably, ballot papers have been used in the state in 1996 and 2010 and also the in the recent Gram Panchayat elections held in January 2019.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has fielded Kavitha from the Lok Sabha seat. She is the daughter of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. On the other hand, the Congress has once again fielded Madhu Yaskhi Goud from the constituency.

A total of 443 candidates were in fray for all 17 Lok Sabha seats in the state, going to polls on April 11. Medak constituency has only 10 candidates.

Lok Sabha Elections 2019 will be held in seven phases, beginning April 11. All 17 constituencies in the state will go to polls in the first phase. Counting of votes will be conducted on May 23.