Vote percentage recorded at 68 under stringent security measures
HINDUPUR: Polling for the Municipal Council of this industrial town in Anantapur district was peaceful on Monday. Nearly 68 per cent of the electorate exercised their franchise at 104 polling stations. The town was virtually under the control of the police as policemen were found in every corner. Several voters did not find their names in the electoral rolls in 12 polling stations of about half-a-dozen wards, though they had photo identity cards issued by the Election Commission and ration cards.
Such voters were found arguing with the officials, including District Collector D. Kadmiel, at a few polling stations. All parties in the fray alleged that names of their voters were found missing from the rolls in several polling stations. Congress candidate of 10th ward Nagaraju alleged that names of about 150 voters were missing from the rolls in his ward.
Complaints of voters of missing names were also reported from 11, 18, 19, 20 and a few other wards. Congress candidate from 3rd ward Iliyas alleged that the police did not allow him to enter a couple of polling stations and had also beaten him up. A maximum of 86 p.c. polling was recorded in the 38th ward.
Voters were found in long queues from the morning, particularly in the polling stations located in the areas in outskirts of the town.
The turnout was comparatively lesser in the heart of the town. Women voters were found in large numbers since morning and the turnout of Muslim voters too was found to be high.
Polling started on a brisk note in the morning and by 11 a.m. about 35 per cent polling was recorded. It was about 45 p.c. by 2 p.m. and about 68 p.c. by the end of the polling.