Andhra Pradesh elections updates | Highlights from May 13, 2024

The State of Andhra Pradesh is holding simultaneous single-phase elections to its 175-member Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha seats

Updated - May 13, 2024 10:08 pm IST

Published - May 13, 2024 06:40 am IST

A differently-abled person walks out of a polling station in after casting his vote from a polling station in in Visakhapatnam on Monday. Photo : V RAJU / THE HINDU

A differently-abled person walks out of a polling station in after casting his vote from a polling station in in Visakhapatnam on Monday. Photo : V RAJU / THE HINDU

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Voters of Andhra Pradesh lined up at polling booths today for simultaneous elections to its 175-member Assembly and also the 25 Lok Sabha seats from the State. Andhra Pradesh registered a voter turnout of approximately 68 per cent in 25 Lok Sabha and 175 Assembly constituencies till 5 pm on Monday, the Election Commission said.

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Governor S. Abdul Nazeer, Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, his sister and APCC president Y.S. Sharmila, and TDP supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu were among the early voters today. 

Prominent actors from the Telugu film industry were out to vote for the elections in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. Chiranjeevi, NT Rama Rao, Allu Arjun, Brahmanandam, Nani, Jeevitha Rajasekhar, Rajendra Prasad, Naga Chaitanya, Manchu Manoj and Srikanth were among actors who cast their votes. 

Incumbent Chief Minister and YSRCP president Jagan Mohan Reddy is contesting from Pulivendula, and is among the several high-profile candidates in the race for Assembly, which include TDP supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu (Kuppam) and Jana Sena chief and actor Pawan Kalyan (Pithapuram).

The YSRCP is contesting in all 175 Assembly seats and 25 Lok Sabha segments. The TDP, BJP and Jana Sena Party are contesting the election together. Under their seat-sharing agreement, the TDP is contesting in 144 Assembly and 17 Lok Sabha constituencies, the BJP is contesting from six Lok Sabha and 10 Assembly seats and the JSP is contesting in two Lok Sabha and 21 Assembly seats.

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AP Congress president and Jagan’s sister Y.S. Sharmila (Kadapa) and BJP State chief Purandeswari (Rajamahendravaram), among others, are in Lok Sabha poll fray.

(With agency inputs)

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  • May 13, 2024 19:17
    Eight constituencies of Prakasam witness 74.21% turnout by 5 p.m.

    In Prakasam district, the eight Assembly constituencies have recorded at 74.21% out of total 18.22 lakh registered voters. Santhanuthalapdu constituency has witnessed the highest voter turnout with 79.5% by 5 p.m.

  • May 13, 2024 19:03
    Voting stilll underway at hundreds of polling stations

    Polling at hundreds of Polling Stations across the State is still progressing, despite the official cut-off time being 6 p.m.. The CEO Mukesh Kumar Meena assured that each and every voter, who entered into the PS promises would be allowed to cast their vote.

    - Andhra Pradesh bureau

  • May 13, 2024 18:04
    Over 68% of voter turnout recorded till 5 p.m.

    By 5 p.m., more than 68% of voter turnout registered in Andhra Pradesh.

    Till 5 p.m. Nellore has recorded the voter turnout of 69.95% out of overall 19.44 lakh registered voters in eight Assembly constituencies. Kandukur and Kovur constituencies have seen the maximum turnout with 74.68% and 73.59% respectively.

    - Andhra Pradesh bureau

  • May 13, 2024 17:17
    EC inquires detailed probe into ‘attack’ by YSRCP’s sitting MLA on a common voter

    The Election Commission of India (ECI) has ordered a detailed inquiry into alleged attack by the YSRCP sitting MLA Annabathuni Sivakumar on a voter who was in queue to cast his vote at Polling Station number 115 of Ithanagar in Tenali Assembly Constituency in Guntur district today. 

    A video of the incident went viral in the State, as soon as the incident happened. In that video, Mr. Sivakumar was seen slapping the voter. Reacting to that, the voter also slapped the MLA on his face. Following which, the YSRCP cadre attacked the voter.

    Read more on this here...
  • May 13, 2024 16:29
    Pithapuram witnesses the highest voter turnout in Kakinada

    A total of 52.69% of voters have exercised their franchise by 3 p.m. in the Kakinada district. Pithapuram Assembly constituency has reported the highest polling percentage of 56.34%. Jana Sena Party Supremo K. Pawan Kalyan is in contesting from this seat. 

    The Tuni Assembly constituency has witnessed the lowest voter turnout of 49.88% in the district, according to Collector and District Election Officer and J. Nivas.

  • May 13, 2024 16:26
    Polling ends in Alluri Sitharama Raju district

    Polling has ended in Araku, Paderu and Rampachodavaram Assembly constituencies in Alluri Sitharama Raju district. However, voters who were already in line to vote can cast their votes.

    Polling has ended early in these constituencies as the district is a LWE-affected district.

  • May 13, 2024 16:12
    Nellore records voter turnout of over 58% till 3 pm

    Till about 3 p.m., Nellore has recorded a voter turnout of 58.14% out of overall 19.44 lakh registered voters in eight Assembly constituencies. Kandukur and Sarvepalli constituencies have seen the maximum turnout, with 65.32% and 61.9% respectively. 

    In Prakasam district, the eight Assembly constituencies have recorded 52.03 % out of total 18.22 lakh registered voters. Santhanuthalapadu witnessed the highest voter turnout with 57.95%.

  • May 13, 2024 16:09
    Araku Assembly constituency records 51.8% voter turnout

    Here’s the latest polling percentages from Alluri Sitharama Raju district:Araku Assembly constituency: 51.8%

    Paderu Assembly constituency: 40.12%

    Rampachodavaram Assembly constituency: 54.11%

  • May 13, 2024 16:05
    Voters turn up in big numbers in Visakhapatnam

    The polling percentage in Visakhapatnam has seen a steep increase by 3 p.m. The polling percentage in East Assembly Constituency and West Assembly Constituency has already breached 50%. Here’s a snapshot of the voter turnout across the segment:

    East - 50.41 %

    West - 50.62 %

    Bheemunipatnam – 48.98 %

    North - 40 %

    South 41.91 %

    Gajuwaka 45.85 %

    Pendurthi – 43.80 %

  • May 13, 2024 16:03
    TDP, YSRCP workers clash at a polling booth in Anantapur

    Tension prevailed in Tadipatri town of Anantapur district when supporters of Telugu Desam Party and YSR Congress Party clashed at a polling booth on Monday. Read the report here.

  • May 13, 2024 15:27
    Krishna district’s Machilipatnam Lok Sabha constituency sees a voter turnout of 45.49%

    The voter turnout in Krishna district’s Machilipatnam Lok Sabha constituency was 45.49% by 1 p.m. The Gannavaram Assembly segment of the constituency was 38.63%, while the Gudivada AC segment was 48.40%. Similarly, 48.36% of voting was recorded in Pedana, and 45.45% in Machilipatnam AC. 

    46.34% of polling was recorded in Avanigadda and 48.29% in Pamarru SC. In the Penamaluru AC segment, 43.01% polling was recorded by 1 p.m.

    Tiruvur Assembly segment (39.78%), Vijayawada West (37%), Vijayawada Central (37.12%) Vijayawada East (42.30%) saw brisk polling. Mylavaram, Nandigama and Jaggaiahpet AC segments recorded polling of 32%, 36.19% and 44.70% respectively. 

  • May 13, 2024 15:23
    Voter turnout in Eluru picks up

    The voter turnout in Eluru Lok Sabha constituency was 40.05% by 1 p.m. The voter turnout was just 10.53% at 9 a.m. and began increasing since then. The turnout was 24.32% by 11 a.m. and touched 40.05% by 1 p.m.

    Highest turnout was witnessed was at the Dendurulu Assembly segment, where 42.90% turnout was registered by 1 p.m., while the lowest was in Polavaram (ST) AC with turn out of 37.13 per cent. In Chintalapudi (SC) the turnout was 38.66%, and 38.04% in Eluru AC. Similarly, Kaikaluru AC and Nuzvid AC segments recorded 39.69% and 42.11% voter turnout respectively. In Unguturu, the turnout was 42.64%.

    The total electorate is 16,37,430 in Eluru. Of this, the female voters who turned up for voting is 40.96%, and male voters is 39.10%. 

  • May 13, 2024 14:52
    AP records 40.26% voter turnout till 1 p.m.

    Andhra Pradesh recorded 40.26% turnout till 1 p.m., data from the Election Commission app shows. - PTI

  • May 13, 2024 14:41
    Nellore sees voter turnout of 42.38%

    Nellore has recorded the voter turnout of 42.38% till about 1 p.m. In Prakasam district, the eight Assembly constituencies have recorded 39.46 per cent voting out of nearly 16 lakh registered voters. 

  • May 13, 2024 14:40
    Visakhapatnam has witnessed 30% till 1 p.m.

    Visakhapatnam has witnessed 30.03% polling by 1 p.m. Here’s the regional spilt: Gajuwaka Assembly Constituency: 38.02% voterturnout

    East Constituency: 37.51 % 

    West Constituency: 36.40 %. Bheemunipatnam Assembly Constituency: 32.61 % 

    South Assembly Constituency: 31.11 %

  • May 13, 2024 13:48
    Over 36% voter turnout in Anakapalli Lok Sabha seat

    In Anakapalli Lok Sabha seat, the voter turnout is 36.33% till now. Here’s the split:

    Anakapalli:46.10

    Chodavaram: 39.48

    Madugula: 35.00

    Narsipatnam: 40.80

    Payakaraopeta: 34.18

    Elamanchili: 14.69

    Pendurthi: 30.03

  • May 13, 2024 13:37
    Kothapalli Geetha alleges Sachivalayam volunteers were being used as booth agents

    Kothapalli Geetha, former MP & the BJP’s candidate for Araku Lok Sabha seat, alleged that Sachivalayam [Village Secretariat] volunteers were being used as booth agents in a polling booth at Narasapuram in Rampachodavaram Assembly Constituency in Alluri Sitharama Raju district, on Monday. She reportedly found some volunteers working as booth agents when she inspected the polling booth. She alleged that the volunteers have been luring the voters to vote for the YSRCP. Besides, the volunteers are using YSRCP stickers on their mobile phones to influence the voters, she alleged. She said that she would complain it to the Election Commission.

  • May 13, 2024 13:27
    Brisk polling is underway in Alluri Sitharama Raju district

    Brisk polling is underway in the tribal areas of Alluri Sitharama Raju district. By 1 p.m., the Araku Assembly Constituency recorded 32.46 % voting, while Paderu Assembly Constituency saw 31.38 % voting. Similarly, Rampachodavaram Assembly Constituency saw 34.43% voting. The authorities expect a further increase in the poll percentage as the polling booths are seen with long queue lines in the agency areas. 

  • May 13, 2024 13:25
    Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency polls: An acid test for YSRCP, Congress

    The Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency has become the cynosure of all eyes in the run-up to the general elections 2024 for more reasons than expected. Even as the YSRCP president and Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy is having a running feud with his younger sister and Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Y.S. Sharmila Reddy, the poll outcome in this constituency is expected to determine who inherits the much-acclaimed legacy of their father and former Chief Minister late Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.

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  • May 13, 2024 13:08
    It’s a do-or-die battle for all main players in Andhra Pradesh

    It’s a do-or-die battle for major political players, be it the ruling YSR Congress or the Telegu Desam Party (TDP) and Jana Sena Party (JSP), both constituents of the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

    Read this by Sumit Bhattacharjee here...
  • May 13, 2024 12:52
    Rajya Sabha MP Y.V. Subba Reddy faces public ire for skipping queue line

    Rajya Sabha MP and YSR Congress Party Uttarandhra regional coordinator, Y.V. Subba Reddy faced the ire of the public for skipping the queue line to cast his vote, here in the city on Monday. 

    Mr. Subba Reddy came to booth No. 331 in the Mallayyapalem area in Madhurawada under the Bheemunipatnam Assembly constituency to exercise his franchise at around 10:30 a.m. 

    However, a number of voters who were already in the queue line questioned him for ignoring the queue line and alleged that because of the politicians their voting process was being delayed. Some voters said that they had been waiting for the last three hours and alleged that the officials had failed to provide drinking water, ‘shamiana’ (Tent) to beat the heat.

  • May 13, 2024 12:50
    In troubled waters, Polavaram voters await project completion

    Amid the Lok Sabha elections, the Polavaram water project has taken centre stage with the political parties including the issue in their manifestoes and promising to complete the same if voted to power. Both the ruling YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), the Opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and its alliance partner Jana Sena Party (JSP) have vowed to complete the project and set deadlines as well. The BJP did not release any State-specific manifesto, though it is an alliance partner of the TDP-JSP in Andhra Pradesh, and the trio forms part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

    Read more about the voters of Polavaram here...
  • May 13, 2024 12:36
    Brothers to battle it out in Vijayawada

    The electoral battle between Kesineni Srinivas (alias Nani) and his brother Kesineni Shivnath (alias Chinni), fighting on YSRCP and TDP tickets, respectively, has been taking centre stage in Vijayawada, the hotbed of Andhra Pradesh politics.

    The siblings who supported each other in their political endeavours are now pitted against each other. The TDP gave its ticket to the younger sibling, Chinni, following which the elder brother, Nani, a two-time MP, quit the TDP and joined the YSRCP.

    Read more on this here...
  • May 13, 2024 11:55
    ASR district records 17.93% at 11 a.m.

    Polling percentage has seen a significant increase in the Alluri Sitharamara Raju district in the last two hours. By 11 a.m., the Araku Assembly Constituency reported 17.93% voting, while the Paderu Assembly constituency saw 14.3%. Rampachodavaram Assembly constituency recorded the highest 22% voting. It may be noted that voting will be closed by 4 p.m. in the ASR district, due to Maoist affected region.

  • May 13, 2024 11:45
    Visakhapatnam records 20.47% voting till 11 a.m.

    Visakhapatnam records 20.47% voting in the first four hours (7 a.m. to 11 a.m.). 

    There was an increase in 10% voting in the last two hours. The west constituency recorded the highest 25.02% voting, followed by the East constituency with 23.01% voting. 

    Similarly, Gajuwaka and Bheemunipatnam recorded 21.65% and 21.80% respectively. Voting in South constituency which recorded just around 4% by 9 a.m. has significantly improved to 17.22% by 11 a.m.

  • May 13, 2024 11:12
    Polling peaceful in Chittoor

    In Chittoor, the polling pattern was largely peaceful. At Mittur locality in Chittoor municipal corporation limits, mild tension prevailed when the former MLA C.K. Babu, the TDP’s general agent, and the YSRCP candidate M.C. Vijayananda Reddy reached the polling booth simultaneously. When the supporters of both sides entered into arguments, Joint Collector and Returning Officer P. Srinivasulu rushed to the spot and pacified the two sides. 

    At Mandi Krishnapuram village of Gudipala mandal of the Chittoor Assembly constituency, a clash ensued between the YSRCP and the TDP cadres in front of the polling booth. A YSRCP activist, Suresh Reddy, and TDP’s polling agent Chandra took to fisticuffs in front of the police, when the former stabbed the other with a knife, who received a bleeding injury. The police registered a case. 

    Meanwhile, 100% webcasting is in place at the Punganur and Kuppam Assembly constituencies in the Chittoor district. 

    In the Kuppam assembly constituency, a first-time voter, Gayatri (19) broke down outside the booth and she stated that her vote had already been cast through impersonation. She complained to the election officials. 

    In Anantapur and Sri Sathya Sai districts, polling was reported delayed in several centers, after the EVMs suffered a technical snag. However, their operation turned normal after 10:00 a.m. onwards. 

    Peaceful polling was reported all over the Kurnool district. 

  • May 13, 2024 11:09
    Poling peaceful in Rayalaseema amidst sporadic incidents

    Tension prevailed at the Sadum mandal of Punganur Assembly constituency in Chittoor district, after the TDP leaders complained to the police and the election officials, alleging that about 15 of their activists, including five polling agents, were abducted by the YSR Congress Party cadres on Monday morning. 

    According to information, five polling agents of the TDP along with ten other party cadres were proceeding to the polling booth at Booragamanda village in the mandal, when the YSRCP cadres reportedly accosted them and whisked them away in their private vehicles towards Piler in Annamayya district. 

    The TDP cadres alleged that the abducted partymen were abandoned at the outskirts of Piler, 25 km away from Sadum, with a warning that they should stay away from reaching the polling station till afternoon. A special police party was deployed to look into the complaint. 

  • May 13, 2024 10:59
    Vizag records 10.76% voting in first two hours

    Visakhapatnam district recorded 10.76% voting in the first two hours (7 a.m. to 9 a.m.). The voting percentage is expected to see a steep increase in the next few hours, as hundreds of people thronged the polling booths in various areas to cast their votes. 

    Several polling booths were seen with lengthy queue lines ignoring hot weather conditions. Especially in Gajuwaka, North, East, West, and Bheemunipatnam constituencies, people started arriving at the polling booths at 6:30 a.m. Some areas in the city resembled a holiday atmosphere, as shopkeepers, vendors, and small-scale business establishments have shut down their shops to exercise their franchises. Many malls, business establishments, and offices have given special permission to their employees to cast their votes. 

    In some polling booths in the North constituency, the voters complained of voting going on at a very slow pace. 

    Gajuwaka recorded the highest polling percentage of 17.23% in the district in the first two hours. This is also assumed to be the highest voting percentage in Uttarandhra in the first two hours. 

    Visakhapatnam North recorded 13%, followed by West with 11.20 %. S. Kota Assembly constituency and East constituency saw 10% and 9.40% voting in the first two hours. Among all Assembly constituencies, the South constituency saw poor voting of just 4.83% in the two-hours. 

  • May 13, 2024 10:54
    Union Minister P. Ashok Ganapati Raju casts vote

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  • May 13, 2024 10:28
    Voters turn up in large numbers in Mangalagiri

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  • May 13, 2024 10:20
    Voting in Guntur

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  • May 13, 2024 09:48
    Voting in Vizianagaram

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  • May 13, 2024 09:41
    Percentage of voting till 9 a.m.

    As per the figures, 9.5% of voting was recorded in the Visakhapatnam district. 10.25% of voting was recorded in the Anakapalli district and 10% of voting was recorded in the Alluri district.

  • May 13, 2024 09:36
    A.P. Governor Abdul Nazeer casts his vote

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  • May 13, 2024 09:13
    Jana Sena president Pawan Kalyan casts vote

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  • May 13, 2024 08:48
    EC rescues three kidnapped TDP polling agents in Andhra

    Andhra Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Mukesh Kumar Meena on Monday said three TDP polling agents who were allegedly kidnapped in Chittoor district have been traced and secured. 

    According to a press release from the CEO’s office, the TDP agents were kidnapped from Bokaramanda village in Chittoor district’s Sadum mandal, which falls under the Punganuru Assembly constituency. 

    “TDP district in-charge Jagan Mohan Raju complained that TDP agents belonging to polling stations 188, 189 and 199 were kidnapped by YSRCP leaders while going to the polling stations,” said Mr. Meena.

    Consequently, the CEO noted that Chittoor district election officials and the Police department responded quickly, rescuing the kidnapped agents from Pileru and later enabling them to attend to their duties.

    Further, Mr. Meena observed that a probe was underway to identify the kidnappers.

  • May 13, 2024 08:47
    Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu among early voters

    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy and TDP supremo N. Chandrababu Naidu along with their respective family members, were among the early voters in Andhra Pradesh on Monday.

    Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy cast his vote at Bhakarapuram in the Pulivendula constituency of Kadapa district on Monday while Chandrababu Naidu and his wife exercised their franchise in Amaravati.

    Speaking to media persons after casting his vote, Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy said the people have seen the best governance during the past five years.

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    “You have seen the governance for the past five years and the best governance is to continue for their betterment, vote for that government,” he told reporters.

    The polling is scheduled from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the State, barring a few places where it will conclude one or two hours earlier.

    Jagan Mohan Reddy (Pulivendula), TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu (Kuppam) and Janasena chief and actor Pawan Kalyan (Pithapuram), among others, are in the Assembly poll race.

    Andhra Pradesh Congress president and Jagan’s sister Y.S. Sharmila (Kadapa) and BJP State chief D. Purandeswari (Rajamahendravaram), among others, are in the Lok Sabha poll fray. 

  • May 13, 2024 08:42
    Polling begins peacefully in Vizag North constituency

    Voters turned up in large numbers at various polling stations in Visakhapatnam North constituency, much before the scheduled time for commencement of voting at 7 a.m. on Monday. Senior citizens, women and even youngsters turned up by around 6.30 a.m. at the booths.

    The polling officials conducted mock polling and at some booths they had to skip breakfast as the voters have already turned up in large numbers and awaited their turn to vote. Though the polling was delayed at some booths by about 30 minutes, the voters waited patiently for the process to begin.

    A 75-year-old man, who seemed to have trouble in walking, came holding his son’s hand and cast his vote. Anusha, a young voter, presently living in Hyderabad, came all the way to cast her vote. She was in queue along with her mother by 6.45 a.m. At one of the polling station, an elderly man seen arguing with the staff demanding that the polling agents, who were made to sit just outside booth, be allowed inside.

    They were made to sit outside, near the window, as there was not much space inside. The officials allowed them inside and asked them to adjust to the available space. The polling started peacefully.

  • May 13, 2024 08:38
    TDP general secretary Nara Lokesh casts vote

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  • May 13, 2024 08:20
    TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu casts his vote

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  • May 13, 2024 08:09
    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy casts vote at Bhakarapuram in Pulivendula constituency
  • May 13, 2024 07:56
    Agriculture Minister Kakani Govardhan Reddy casts vote

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  • May 13, 2024 07:52
    BJP candidate N. Eswara Rao casts his vote

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  • May 13, 2024 07:50
    Polling not started in Vijayawada booth

    Owing to technical glitches, polling did not start at Andhra Loyola College (ALC), in Vijayawada. The arranged EVM was showing ‘Invalid’, the polling officers said. 

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  • May 13, 2024 07:41
    Nellore NDA candidate Vemireddy Prabhakar Reddy casts vote

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  • May 13, 2024 07:29
    Srikakulam Collector hopeful of achieving above 80% polling

    Srikakulam Collector Manazir Jeelani Samoon said that the polling had begun peacefully at 7 a.m. in all Assembly constituencies such as Etcherla, Amadalavalasa, Srikakulam, Tekkali, Patapatnam, Palasa and Itchapuram where fool-proof arrangements were made to ensure hassle-free voting. He said that wide publicity for the concept “no voter should be left from the democratic process” caught the attention of everyone including youngsters who got the voting right the first time. 

    Dr. Manazir said that free and fair elections had been the top priority in all polling booths where a webcasting facility was created to monitor the situation at ground level. As many as 18.92 lakh voters will cast their votes by 6 p.m. in 2358 polling centres. Among them, 520 booths were identified as sensitive. An exclusive control room (toll-free number 18004256625) has been set up to get the information from all polling booths. Interestingly, BJP candidate Etcherla N. Eswara Rao also arranged the party’s control room (8074937806) to get data on incidents so that the information could be provided immediately to police personnel. He urged the party activists not to retaliate if they were provoked by opposition cadres. 

  • May 13, 2024 07:27
    Polling begins peacefully in all seven Assembly constituencies of Vizianagaram district

    Polling began peacefully in Vizianagaram district exactly at 7 a.m. in all 1847 polling booths of seven Assembly constituencies such as Vizianagaram, Gajapathinagaram, Bobbili, Rajam, Cheepurupalli, Nellimarla and S. Kota of Vizianagaram district. S. Kota comes under the Visakhapatnam Parliamentary constituency but the officials of the district administration did polling arrangements as it is part of Vizianagaram district. As many as 15, 62,921 people will cast their votes till 6 p.m. 

    However, the people who will be in the queue line at 6 p.m. will be allowed to cast their votes. As many as 13,661 polling officials with different ranks will monitor the elections. As many as 77 candidates are contesting in seven Assembly constituencies and 15 candidates are vying with one another in Vizianagaram Parliamentary constituency. 

    Vizianagaram Collector S. Nagalakshmi who has been monitoring the elections said that the mock polling which was conducted at 5:30 a.m. helped the staff to understand the election procedure. According to her, Engineers of Bharat Electrical Limited (BEL) engineers will assist the polling officials if any technical glitches are found in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). She is hopeful that the voting percentage will cross 80% with the creation of awareness among the people about the importance of voting in democracy. 

    Under the Systematic Voters Education and Electoral Participation Programme of the Election Commission of India, the officials conducted various programmes such as flash mobs, cultural events and others to encourage everyone to participate in the electoral process. The officials arranged tents, water, toilets, medical facilities, ramps and 716 wheelchairs for differently abled persons at polling booths to boost the voting percentage. As many as 11 model polling stations have been set up in the district. Portraits of musical instruments at model polling booths of Vizianagaram Music College have already caught the attention of the people.

    Visakhapatnam Range Deputy Inspector General Vishal Gunni and Vizianagaram Superintendent of Police M. Deepika have already reviewed security arrangements and directed the cops to be alert at 362 identified sensitive villages and other vulnerable places. As many as 2272 web cameras are being used to gather video footage in those places. Micro observers were also appointed to brief the situation to the higher officials on an hourly basis. After the polling EVMs would be kept safely at Lendi Engineering College and JNTU-GV University till June 4, the counting day. 

  • May 13, 2024 07:21
    Despite huge crowd, polling did not start at YV Municipal High School in Nellore at 7 a.m.

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  • May 13, 2024 07:17
    Voters in A.P.

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  • May 13, 2024 07:09
    Polling is underway for 25 Lok Sabha, and 175 Assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh in a single phase
  • May 13, 2024 06:51
    Mock polls started at polling stations in Andhra Pradesh

    The mock polls started at the polling stations in Andhra Pradesh, which is mandatory before starting actual polling. 

    The voters are to be allowed to cast their vote at 7 a.m. across the State. It will continue up to 6 p.m. in normal areas and up to 5 p.m. and 4 p.m. in certain sensitive areas. 

    The police have imposed restrictions at 100 metres radius at all polling stations, and have enforced section 144 under CrPC across the State.

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