Nalgonda: Polling for by-elections to Nagarjuna Sagar Assembly Constituency began across 346 polling stations at 7 am on Saturday. About 69 per cent polling was reported till 3 pm.
As many as 41 candidates are fighting the electoral battle, where around 2.2 lakh voters are expected to utilise their voting right in the by-elections. From 7 am onwards, the voters appeared waiting in the long queues at the polling station to exercise their franchise.
After 12 noon, the polling percentage had slowed down due to the scorching sun. The polling stations may witness huge number of voters after 3 pm as the polling time was extended up to 6 pm for general voters. The polling would continue up to 7 pm as the Elections Commission of India (ECI) has extended the polling time by two hours in compliance with Covid-19 guidelines. The Covid-19 positive voters would be allowed to cast their vote after 6 pm.
All the contestants including TRS candidate Nomula Bhagath, Congress candidate K Jana Reddy and BJP candidate Dr P Ravi Kumar Naikm have exercised their voting rights. Bhagath exercised his franchise at 168/A polling booth in Amandal Parishad Upper Primary School at Ibrahimpatnam.
Polling was delayed for few minutes due to technical problems at polling booth number 137 at Thotipeta in Tirumalgiri(Sagar) mandal.
Telangana State Chief Electoral Officer Shashank Goel visited a polling station at Pylon colony in Nagarjuna Sagar and examined the polling process. He has also expressed satisfaction over measures taken up as per the Covid-19 norms including social distancing at the polling stations. Boxes were drawn at the polling stations to maintain physical distance between the voters in the queue lines.
Speaking on the occasion, he said that the polling was continuing peacefully and no incident was reported in the Assembly constituency.
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