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59% polling in Telangana till 3pm

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 - 5:58pm IST | Agency: PTI

59% turnout is recorded in 119 Assembly and 17 Lok Sabha seats spread over ten districts in Telangana till 3 pm today, an Election Commission official said.

"59% of over 2.81 crore voters across 10 districts of Telangana exercised their franchise by 3 pm during the first phase of simultaneous polling for Assembly and Lok Sabha in Andhra Pradesh," Chief Electoral Officer Bhanwar Lal said here.

"That is a very good percentage, but is lesser as far as Hyderabad is concerned," he said.

Lal said at some places polling was delayed after the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) did not work. However, they were rectified or replaced within 30 to 40 minutes and polling commenced.

"As of now, polling in 30,500 polling stations across the ten districts is going on peacefully," the CEO told reporters.

A total of 1,669 candidates are in the fray for 119 Assembly seats while 265 are contesting for the 17 Parliamentary seats across Telangana.

He said the Election Commission was verifying reports that some people in a village in Khammam district have boycotted voting due to local issues.

Lal said there were complaints of deletion of votes at some booths in Hyderabad as a result of which some voters could not exercise their right to franchise.

Among prominent candidates, TRS chief K Chandrasekhar Rao cast his vote at his native village Chintamatka under Siddipet Assembly constituency in Medak district along with his wife K Shobha.

KCR is contesting from Gajwel Assembly seat and Medak Lok Sabha seat.

He appreciated the district officials for making "effective arrangements and implementing measures to ensure active participation of voters in the elections".

"It's a thrilling and at the same time happy feeling to vote (for) first time for Telangana state which will be a reality from June 2," KCR said.

Former minister for women and child welfare Sunitha Laxma Reddy cast her vote in her native village Gomaram in Narsapur Assembly constituency and ex-minister for major industries J Geetha Reddy in Zaheerabad town in Zaheerabad (SC) Assembly constituency.

TRS leader T Harish Rao exercised his right to franchise at a polling booth in Siddipet town in Siddipet Assembly constituency.

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