Polling for 17 Lok Sabha seats in Telangana was peaceful. Voter turnout was 64.85 percent

Polling for all 17 Lok Sabha constituencies in Telangana was held peacefully on Monday and no untoward incident was reported from any part of the state.

Not one of the 35,809 polling stations ordered re-polling.

While the 2019 general election saw a voter turnout of 62.77%, this time the polling ratio was 64.85% and it gave an estimate of the chances of their respective candidates to the three main contenders, the ruling Congress, the Bharat Rashtra Samithi and the Bharatiya Janata Party. has left The elections are likely to see three-way contests in some constituencies.

Voting began on a calm note at 7 am with only 9.7 percent of voters exercising their franchise in the first two hours, but the pace picked up in the next four hours to cross 40 percent by 1 pm, in some constituencies. More than 50 percent of votes were cast. then. This tempo continued till 5 pm when the overall polling percentage reached 61.23.

The interest of people in voting can be gauged from the fact that many constituencies saw more than 65 percent polling and five of them had more than 70 percent polling. “There were long queues at around 1,400 of the 35,809 polling stations till 6 pm, the scheduled closing time of voting. We are allowing people in the queues to exercise their right to vote,” Chief Electoral Officer Vikas Raj said. .

There was no problem on the law and order front. In all, 38 First Information Reports (FIRs) were filed, including against political leaders, who, for various reasons, refused to elaborate when asked about the party-wise details of the complaints.

According to information received till late evening, Khammam Lok Sabha constituency recorded the highest polling of 75.19 per cent, followed by Medak at 73.63 per cent and Bhungir at 72.34 per cent.

A little over 70% voting was reported from Nalgonda constituencies till 5 pm, followed by Adilabad (69.81%), Karimnagar (68.4%), Mehboobabad (68.6%), Mehboobnagar (68.4%) and Nizamabad. (68.39%) voting was close.

Poor turnout

Hyderabad recorded the lowest polling percentage of 45.07 till 5 pm, while Secunderabad recorded 42.48 per cent and Malkajgiri 46.27 per cent.

The percentage was expected to increase after voting was completed in the remaining 1,400 polling stations. Polling in 13 assembly constituencies covered by five Lok Sabha seats – Adilabad, Pedapale, Warangal, Mehboobabad and Khammam – classified as left-wing extremist areas ended by 4 pm, while in the remaining 106 assembly constituencies. In many it continued beyond 6 pm.

Mr. Vikas Raj said that the collection of election materials including Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in 44 strong rooms located in different parts of the state is likely to be completed by late Monday night or Tuesday morning. The counting of votes is scheduled to take place on June 4.

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