Telangana Polls: Nine per cent polling in first two hours

Medak district had the highest turnout of 14 per cent till 9 am.

By Author  |  Published: 7th Dec 2018  9:55 amUpdated: 7th Dec 2018  10:14 am
Telangana Polls
First time voters showing their marked fingers after casting their votes during the elections to the Telangana State Legislative Assembly at St. Nizami’s High School in Banjara Hills on Friday. Photo: Surya Sridhar

Hyderabad: Despite technical problems faced with the EVMs in as many as 228 polling stations, about 9.4 per cent of the voters exercised their franchise in the first two hours. Polling is yet to commence in at least 17 booths in different districts, according to reports reaching here.

Medak district has the highest turnout of 14 per cent till 9 am. The voting started late by half an hour in some of the polling stations in Charla and Venkatapuram revenue mandals bordering with Chhattisgarh.

So far as the assembly constituencies in Hyderabad city are concerned, it was as low as four per cent in Charminar and Yakutpura, five per cent in Amberpet, eight per cent in Bahadurpura, 8 per cent in Secunderabad and 8.6 per cent in Secunderabad cantonemnt area.

Commenting on the way the polling commenced across the State, Chief Electoral Officer, Dr Rajat Kumar said “all is good” . He admitted at a few places, the poling commenced ten to 15 minutes late. The technical problems with EVMs, if any, are being attended to promptly.