In contrast, a higher voting percentage recorded in all three Teachers’ constituencies

Voting by Graduate voters in the polling held to three Graduates’ constituencies as part of the biennial elections to six Legislative Council seats on Thursday fell to an all-time low, indicating disenchantment of the educated with the elections system.

Incident-free

In spite of the bitter contests, the polling exercise that took place in 14 districts covering these six constituencies was peaceful and incident-free.

The polling was a distressing 37 per cent in Medak-Nizamabad-Adilabad- Karimnagar Graduates’ constituency, a fall of 27 per cent, compared to 64 per cent recorded in the same constituency in 2007.

The fall was by 12 per cent in Krishna-Guntur Graduates’ constituency where polling was 46 per cent now (58 per cent last time) and a dip of 5.83 per cent in East Godavari-West Godavari Graduates’ constituency where the polling was 52.68 per cent (68.51 per cent).

In contrast, a higher voting percentage was recorded surpassing that of the previous elections in all the three Teachers’ constituencies--a different trend, indeed, among the teacher-voters. Srikakulam-Vizianagaram-Visakhapatnam Teachers’ constituency accounted for a peak 92 per cent voting, which was 7 per cent higher than 85 per cent of the last elections. The polling percentage was 91 in Warangal-Khammam-Nalgonda (87 per cent last time). The voting in Medak-Nizamabad-Adilabad-Karimngar Teachers’ constituency, however, remained at 84 per cent as last time.

Chief Electoral Officer Bhanwarlal said the polling exercise came to a close in the Teachers’ constituencies well before the closing time of 4 p.m., while some voters, remaining in queues in the Graduates’ constituencies, were facilitated to exercise their franchise.

Counting on Feb. 25

The counting of votes would take place from 8 a.m. on February 25 in all the constituencies amid heavy police deployment. He said as polling was over, those undertaking padayatras like TDP president N. Chandrababu Naidu could go ahead with the programme.