ANDHRA PRADESH

A special moment for first-timers

A first-time voter shows the mark on her left hand finger in Narsaraopet Town in Guntur district on Thursday.

A first-time voter shows the mark on her left hand finger in Narsaraopet Town in Guntur district on Thursday.   | Photo Credit: — photo: T. Vijaya Kumar

Staff Reporter

GUNTUR: The blazing sun has not weakened their resolve. The endless wait in the serpentine queue has not deterred them either. For the first-time voters, most of them college-going students, who exercised their franchise on Thursday, it was an exciting day.

Scores of college going boys and girls have voted for the first time recording an unforgettable moment in their lives. But most of them have to ensure agonizing waiting period as heavy crowds lined up before the polling booths since morning. The situation in general booths was worse and with just a couple of EVMs on hand, people were forced to stand in long queues to vote.

But the youngsters took things in their stride. For some like Vineet, a B.Tech student of Chirala Engineering College, voting is way of expressing his desire for a change, while his friend Srikant said that he still places his trust in ‘established’ parties.

“I have been waiting for the last one hour, and still I could only move few paces.

The officials could have made things a bit more comfortable,” said Srikanth, standing outside the polling booth on the Zilla Parishat High School premises in Ponnur.

Siva Krishna, a graduate, said that he would vote for a candidate who would work for improving local amenities, while Kayva, a B.Sc student of J.M.J College, Tenali, said she would vote for a candidate with a ‘clean image.’

“The percentage of first-time voters may vary from 15-25 per cent,” said a polling official.

At some places, the youth were seen escorting elderly people to the polling booths.

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