About 80 per cent polling in Seemandhra, 20 hurt in clashes
About 80 per cent of 36.76 million voters cast their votes to choose their representatives from 25 Lok Sabha and 175 assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh’s Seemandhra region where high turnout and sporadic clashes marked on Wednesday’s balloting.
Around 20 people were injured in clashes between activists of rival parties.
Chief electoral officer Bhanwarlal said 77 per cent polling was recorded till 6 pm but those standing in queues were allowed to vote even after the deadline. He told reporters here on Wednesday night that the reports from the district collectors suggest that the polling may touch 80 per cent. The final turnout figures were expected later on Wednesday night or Thursday.
Guntur district recorded 83 per cent polling while the lowest turnout of 73 per cent was registered in Visakhapatnam district.
Telangana, which went to polls in the first phase on 30 April 30, had recorded 70.85 per cent polling.
Polling came to an end in two Maoist-affected assembly constituencies at 4 pm and in eight other constituencies at 5 pm In the remaining assembly constituencies, the polling ended at 6 pm.
Suspected Maoists damaged two electronic voting machines (EVMs) in a polling centre in Paderu constituency in Visakhapatnam district. The five attackers including a woman also damaged a government vehicle.
‘We have recommended to the Election Commission to order repolling,’ Bhanwarlal said. The CEO said
barring this incident, the polling was smooth and peaceful.
Six people were injured in a clash between YSR Congress Party and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) activists in Parachur in Prakasam district.
Three police vehicles were damaged in an attack by villagers in Devagudi in Jammalamadugu of Kadapa district.
Inspector general of police Surender Babu said two policemen were injured in the attack. TDP candidate in Narasaraopet Lok Sabha constituency R. Sambasiva Rao’s convoy was attacked allegedly by YSRCP supporters. The TDP leader was escorted to safety by his security guards while his vehicle was damaged in the attack.
Tension prevailed in temple town of Tirupati on Wednesday night as supporters of the YSRCP and TDP clashed. Police arrested YSRCP candidate B. Karunakar Reddy and TDP’s Venkatramna.
Director general of police Prasada Rao said polling was peaceful barring minor incidents in some places.
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