Some among the 28 polling officials who were sent on duty to conduct elections for the Gasaba panchayat in Dumbriguda mandal on Tuesday were beaten up by a group of local people as they were returning to the mandal headquarters after completing the election process. According to reports reaching here, the polling officials who were returning to Dumbriguda in the night were allegedly waylaid by supporters of a candidate defeated in the election. About five polling officials who were beaten up had to flee from the attackers. All of them spent the night in the forest and reached Dumbriguda on Wednesday morning.
There were also reports of water being poured into the ballot boxes after the election process was completed, at Ainada while supporters of a defeated candidate took away a few ballot boxes at Pedalochali. In both places the attacks took place after the counting process was completed.
Polling for Bennavaram Panchayat in Chintapalli mandal and Deverapalli in G.K. Veedhi mandal which could not be held on Tuesday will be held on July 31, during the last phase of elections. Polling staff could not reach Bennavaram due to floods, forcing postponement of the elections, while people decided not to cast their votes at Deverapalli after it was found that symbols of only two candidates in the fray got mixed up on the ballot paper. S. Bujji Babu and P. Ranga Rao canvassed with ring and basket as their symbols, respectively. But on the ballot papers the symbols printed against their names were reversed.