Supporters of the Congress party gained majority in 11 out of the 29 Primary Agricultural Cooperative Societies in the Visakhapatnam Division in the elections held on Thursday.

Telugu Desam-backed candidates secured majority in seven PACS and YSR Congress supporters grabbed six PACS while five PACS saw supporters of no party in majority. There are 43 PACS in Visakhapatnam Division and election was unanimous in two PACS while election to 12 societies was stayed. First phase of elections in the district was peaceful except for an incident at Nagulapalli, one of the societies identified as hyper sensitive. Trouble broke out when the Congress workers reportedly pushed out supporters of rival parties from the polling booth and the police used mild force to disperse clashing groups.

Minister for Infrastructure and Investments Ganta Srinivasa Rao reportedly went to the polling booth at Kasimkota in his convoy but it was later learnt that he went there by foot after the polling ended at 2 p.m.

District Cooperation Officer and Additional Election Authority Majji Surya Bhagavan informed that election of office-bearers of the PACS would be conducted on Friday by the Election Officer concerned, as per the AP Cooperative Societies Rules 1964.

The percentage of polling in Visakhapatnam Division was 91.4 with 37,863 out of 41,386 voters exercising their franchise.

Counting was taken up after the polling ended and was completed peacefully and results were declared for all the 287 Territorial Constituencies of the 29 PACS.

Elections to the 54 PACS, consisting of 668 Territorial Constituencies in Elamanchili Division would be held on February 4.

  • There are 43 PACS in Visakhapatnam Division

  • Election was unanimous in two PACS; election to 12 societies stayed