Over 63 per cent polling in Andhra Pradesh MPTC and ZPTC polls

Over 63 per cent polling in Andhra Pradesh MPTC and ZPTC polls

Amaravati, Apr 8 (PTI): Over 63 per cent polling was
reported in the elections to mandal and zilla parishad
territorial constituencies in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday,
which Panchayat Raj Principal Secretary Gopal Krishna Dwivedi
termed “remarkably successful”.

Stray incidents of clashes were reported from a few
districts but overall the polling went off smoothly, official
sources in the State Election Commission here said.

A polling official died of heart attack while on
duty in Guntur district.

Polling was stalled in a couple of places because of
faulty ballot papers, the sources said.

The Jana Sena party symbol was found missing in the
ballot paper in Amalapuram Rural, resulting in the suspension
of polling.

In a polling station in SPS Nellore district, a BJP
worker allegedly snatched the ballot box and dipped it in
water, forcing the officials to cancel the polling.

A re-poll will be conducted in the village on Friday,
the sources said.

In half a dozen villages on the Andhra-Odisha border
in Vizianagaram district, polling was hampered due to a
long-pending jurisdictional dispute that was pending
adjudication in the Supreme Court.

Polling was conducted from 7 am to 5 pm across the
state as the High Court gave the green signal for the parishad
elections but counting of votes will not be taken up as
scheduled on April 10, till the petition in the court is
disposed of (probably on April 15).

At Rajupalem village in Guntur district, workers of
the ruling YSR Congress and the main opposition Telugu Desam
clashed, resulting in minor injuries to a couple of persons,
police said.

Similar incidents were reported in Krishna and
Prakasam districts as well but police immediately quelled the
mobs to bring the situation under control.

Panchayat Raj Principal Secretary Gopal Krishna
Dwivedi congratulated Panchayat Raj Commissioner M Girija
Shankar, district Collectors and polling teamover the
“remarkably successful” conduct of the MPTC and ZPTC

Election was conducted for 7,220 MPTC and 515 ZPTC
seats for which 20,840 candidates were in the fray.

For the record, the TDP boycotted the election but
technically it remained in the contest as the ballot papers
were printed before it announced its decision.

The YSRC already bagged 2,271 MPTC and 126 ZPTC
seats unopposed.

The TDP won 100 MPTCs unanimously in the election
process that initially commenced in March last year. PTI DBV

Disclaimer :- This story has not been edited by Bollyinsidestaff and is auto-generated from news agency feeds. Source: PTI

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