Re-polling likely at 6 polling stations in AP; Telangana polling peaceful

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Polling at over six polling stations in Andhra Pradesh is likely to be re-held owing to technical glitches of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and violence at few polling stations. On the other hand, Lok Sabha elections in Telangana including Nizamabad constituency are peaceful. Still, long queues are visible at polling stations in Andhra Pradesh. Over polling turnout may cross 80 per cent, predicted AP Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Dwivedi.

Several polling stations in districts including Nellore, Kurnool, suffered from technical glitches of EVMs. Further, votes recorded during the mock poll were not deleted. Without deleting mock poll votes, the election process was commenced. This is the mistake by polling staff. The officials sent a detailed report on this to the EC.

Still, long queues are at polling stations. Voters are patiently standing in queues for over six hours. Voters are determined to cast their votes regardless of time spent in the queues. It’s estimated that polling turnout may cross 80 per cent in Andhra Pradesh, which had polls for 175 Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha constituencies.

“No booth capturing was reported in Telangana. Overall polling turnout in the state was 60.5 per cent. Polling percentage in Karimnagr was 68 per cent, Hyderabad 39 per cent. All the EVMs will reach reception center tonight, said Rajat Kumar, Telangana Chief Electoral Officer (CEO).

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