76 p.c. polling registered; results to be declared on Sept.14
SRIKAKULAM: Close to 76 per cent of the electorate cast their vote in the byelection to Tekkali Assembly constituency, which passed off peacefully on Thursday.
Except for an incident in Adi Andhra street where the police arrested three persons belonging to the TDP for allegedly distributing cash to voters, things were peaceful by and large.
In Nandigam and Santhabommali mandals, minor clashes were reported between agents of the Congress and the TDP but the police stepped in to defuse the situation.
When polling concluded a 5 p.m., a turnout of 76 per cent was registered out of a total electorate of 1,74,383.
Polling picked up from 9 a.m. in all the 283 polling booths. In the general election in May this year, a turnout of 76.1 per cent was recorded.
Three in fray
Women voters turned out in large numbers. The fate of contesting candidates K. Bharathi (Congress), K. Atchan Naidu (TDP) and Duvvada Sreenivas (Praja Rajyam) will be decided on September 14 when the results would be declared. Counting of votes would begin at 8 a.m. at the Government Men’s College in Srikakulam.
Security arrangements for the by-election were monitored by Visakha Range DIG Soumya Mishra and supervised by Superintendent of Police Naganna.