New Delhi: Ahead of the forthcoming Telangana Assembly elections 2018, Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat and Election Commissioners Sunil Arora and Ashok Lavasa will visit Hyderabad  on Monday to review poll preparedness in the state.

The top EC officials would meet various political parties, besides senior officials of the state government and the police department. The team would meet the Director General of the Income Tax Department and other senior officials before leaving for the national capital on October 24.

“The Chief Election Commissioner and two ECs are coming to Hyderabad on Monday. It is a visit of the Commission. They would review the preparedness for the polls. If there is anything that their attention is drawn then they will look into that also,” Telangana Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar told news agency PTI.

Notably, this will the first visit of the EC after the election schedule for the state was announced, to review the poll preparedness of the state.

Earlier on October 6,  the poll body had announced the election schedule for five states, including Telangana, which will go to the polls on December 7. The assembly polls in Telangana were originally scheduled to be held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections next year, but the Assembly was dissolved on September 6 as per a recommendation of the state cabinet.

The party-wise strength in the 120-member Telangana Legislative Assembly before its dissolution was TRS-82, Congress-17, AIMIM-7, BJP-5, TDP-3, Vacant-2, the CPI, CPI(M), Independent and nominated member (one each).