Only 50 per cent graduates exercise their franchise; officials monitor the proceedings
Graduates turnout in MLC elections was disappointing in East Godavari district, which stood at number two in the State in literacy rate. The ‘intellectuals’ failed to exercise their franchise and about 50 per cent graduates did not appear at the polling stations.
In Rajahmundry Revenue Division, in first two hours the polling percentage was 9.3 per cent and by noon it reached to 20.43 per cent. Finally it stood at 48.66 out of 38,604 voters in entire division.
“Last time the turnout was comparatively good. It was 68 per cent. Illiterates, rural people who exercise their franchise in general elections and farmers who voted in last week’s primary agriculture society elections are better than graduates,” commented P.V.B. Sanjeeva Rao, a lecturer in VT College.
“We received two cell phones from a candidate. To thank for his gesture, we both of us went to the polling station. Otherwise, we have no time,” said a couple who did not wish to be identified.
Female voters were seen at most polling stations. Polling picked up after 12 noon as women got ready to vote. Teaching community took active part in this election as one of the candidates is representing the community and college students were seen near polling stations as their College Chairman’s son is contesting the election.
This time, the counters opened to guide the voters at each polling station by the contesting candidates had a different scene. Followers of the candidates used laptops at most of the counters to verify the details of the voters. The Election Officer and RDO M. Venugopal Reddy who went around the polling stations in the first two hours, monitored the situation through webcasting system which displayed all his 57 polling stations on a big TV screen in the Sub-Collector’s office.
As many as 52.68 voters exercised their vote during the election to the Legislative Council’s East and West Godavari district’s graduates’ constituency. The election was held peacefully in East and West Godavari districts from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. In East Godavari district, election was held in 165 polling stations. By 10 a.m. polling was registered as 9.5 per cent, at 12 noon it was 24 per cent and at 2 p.m. it was 40 per cent.
By the time the polling was over, the total votes polled were 53.08 per cent in East Godavari district and 52.2 per cent in West Godavari district, taking the total to 52.68 per cent.
Of the 1,09,133 graduate voters in East Godavari district, 57,928 voters cast their vote, whereas in West Godavari, 48,351 voters used their vote against the total voters of 92,630 in the district.
Collector Neetu Prasad, also the returning officer of the election, visited the polling station arranged at the government ITI and expressed satisfaction over the arrangements. She also monitored the web-casting facility.
Of the 1,09,133 graduate voters in East Godavari district, 57,928 cast their vote 48,351 vote in West Godavari, against the total voters of 92,630
Of the 1,09,133 graduate voters in East Godavari district, 57,928 cast their vote
48,351 vote in West Godavari, against the total voters of 92,630