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Barring few incidents, MPTC, ZPTC polls peaceful

Voters stand in serpentine queues at a polling station in Gollapalli to cast their vote for the MPTC/ ZPTC phase II elections in Krishna district on Friday. Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar

Voters stand in serpentine queues at a polling station in Gollapalli to cast their vote for the MPTC/ ZPTC phase II elections in Krishna district on Friday. Photo: Ch.Vijaya Bhaskar   | Photo Credit: CH_VIJAYA BHASKAR

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VIJAYAWADA: Except for few sporadic incidents, MPTC and ZPTC phase II elections for Gudivada and Nuzvid divisions passed off peacefully in the district on Friday. Authorities said poll per cent was registered in the elections.

In Gudivada division, barely two hours after the polling commenced, Pedaparupudi police took Ch. Nageswara Rao, husband of Bhushanagulla panchayat YSRCP MPTC candidate Ch. Sujatha, took into custody, suspecting that he was involved in distribution of money to voters and violated election guidelines.

Tension prevailed for a while at Motoor village of Gudivada rural, when rumours about a few locals casting their vote by producing fake voter slips and identity spread across the locality. Timely action by police prevented a clash between two political groups over the issue as additional police force rushed to the spot and the situation was brought under control.

In Nuzvid division, Veeranki Laxminarayana, Congress MPTC candidate from Velupacharla, lodged a complaint with Musunuru police stating that three unidentified persons had attacked him at 5 a.m. He suffered minor injuries in the incident.

Later, in the evening, TDP party activists staged a protest at Gopavaram polling centre in Musunuru mandal alleging high-handed behaviour of polling staff.

Despite scorching heat, voters, especially women turned up in large numbers to cast their votes. However, many complained about confusion in locating their polling centres as those details were missing in the voting slips.

“There are four polling booths here and I had to check with all the four booth staff members to locate my booth. Authorities should add polling booth numbers also in voting slips,” suggested Satyanarayana Adapa at a polling station in Agiripalli village.

Authorities had arranged 1230 polling stations, of these 152 were identified as sensitive and 123 hyper sensitive polling centres in both the divisions. While, 27 candidates are contesting for the nine ZPTC posts and 309 candidates are in fray for the 129 MPTC posts in Gudivada division. Similarly, 51 candidates are contesting for the 14 ZPTC posts and 610 candidates for 234 MPTC posts in Nuzvid division.

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Printable version | May 20, 2018 3:59:24 PM | http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Vijayawada/barring-few-incidents-mptc-zptc-polls-peaceful/article5902086.ece