Hyderabad: The first ever polls for the Telangana State Legislative Assembly came to a peaceful end at 5 p.m. on Friday with no reports of any major untoward incidents or disturbances.
Polling was held in all the 119 constituencies in the State to elect members to the Assembly. Though the polling officially ended at 5 p.m., anyone who was in a line to vote at a polling station at the time of closing, will be allowed to vote, elections officials have said. Reports of long queues have been reported from many places in the state at the end of the polling hours that began at 7 a.m.
Counting of votes and declaration of results are scheduled for December 11.
While the official state-wide average polling percentage at 3 p.m. was reported by election officials as 56.17, the final numbers are expected to be somewhere in the upper sixties. Election Commission officials are expected to release the final polling percentage around 6 p.m.
As many as 1,821 candidates are in the fray from 119 constituencies.