The election authority, Chief Electoral Officer Rajat Kumar, said as many as 446 flying squads were in operation in the State to swing into action if any instances of irregularities were reported. These squads were in addition to 448 static surveillance teams that had been deployed to monitor the proceedings.
Besides, 224 video surveillance teams and 133 video-viewing teams were pressed into service and there were 126 assistant expenditure observers and 123 accounting teams in operation in different constituencies across the State.
Over 5,000 voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPATs) devices have been procured to conduct elections in Hyderabad district.
Voters could see the serial number and party symbol on the device after casting their vote. The VVPATs would be attached to electronic voting machines (EVMs).