BVS Bhaskar

Rampachodavaram: More than 2,000 voters could not exercise their franchise on Thursday in 197 polling stations in the entire Assembly segment of Rampachodavaram as the polling officials or administration failed to explain them in advance that any of the 16 identity cards can be considered to cast vote.

From Rampachodavaram to Gurthedu about 100 to 150 tribals reported to The Hindu that they had ration cards and last time voting cards, but no one outside polling station told them whether they could vote with that card or not. Particularly, in front of Daragadda, Aakumamidi Thota, Bodlanka and Gurthedu polling stations a number of tribals went back without casting their vote in the first hour. “Our people from Boddagandi, Bobbilova, Jajivalasa, Lingavaram, Polova, Chaparai and Jalagalova villages returned without casting their vote,” said Kondla Swami Reddy of Jajivalasa, Andela Ramaiah of Bobbilova and Pallam Mangi Reddy of Chaparai and Bonangi Trinath of Godugu Mamidi. All these voters walked 5 km to 15 km to reach their polling booths.