The villagers of Parandoli and Anthapur villages under territorial dispute between Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra will be able to vote twice.
Villagers of Parandoli, Anthapur and Bohapather in Kerameri mandal will exercise their franchise when polling is held for Chandrapur Lok Sabha seat in Maharashtra in April 10.
Following day they are going to vote in the election for rural local bodies of Merameri mandal in Andhra Pradesh district.
As they are located on borders of state, villagers are issued with voter id’s of both states which gives them right to participate in election in both states.
Back to back voting was a problem since, the fingers would be marked with ink. Hence, people could vote only in one of the two elections. This confusion was overcome by guiding polling staff to mark indelible ink on left index finger on 1st day of election.
On Second day the villagers are allowed to vote for rural local body election. The polling staff is ordered to mark indelible ink on another finger after casting their vote for rural body election.