ANDHRA PRADESH

Nellore sees huge turnout of first-time voters

Staff Reporter

They reach booths before time to avoid heat

NELLORE: Barring a couple of incidents of stone pelting, clashes between Telugu Desam and Congress parties in some places, the polling went of peacefully in Sri Potti Sriramulu Nellore district on Thursday.

At many polling booths, voting process was delayed for about half-an-hour in the morning due to failure of EMVs and also late arrival agents of political parties in some centres. Officials said that polling was peaceful in ten Assembly segments and one Parliament constituency in the district.

There was a huge turnout at almost all the polling centres, particularly the first-time voters.

At many places, voters were confused as the officials did not display the booth numbers in front of the centres.

The contestants and their followers were seen visiting the polling stations and greeting the voters in the queues. The police and revenue officials heaved a sigh of relief with the polling passing off peacefully in the district.

In many towns and villages, roads wore a deserted look and the polling centres full of rush. Public reached the polling stations at around 6.45 a.m., (15-minutes before the polling time) so as to cast their vote before it got. The polling stations along the main roads were seen deserted by 2 p.m.

With the Election Commission declaring holiday for government offices and private companies, hotels, shops and other business establishments remained closed at many places in the district.

Kidnap charge

Some unidentified persons pelted stones on Nellore Lok Sabha Congress candidate Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy’s vehicle in Nellore city. Leaders of Udayagiri Assembly segment alleged that the sitting MLA and Congress nominee Mekapati Chandrashekara Reddy kidnapped a polling agent in the town.

The TDP and Congress workers hurled stones on each other at a polling booth in Dagadarthi village under Kovur Assembly segment and the activists of rival parties pelted stones in Toorpu Gogulapadu village in the morning.

The police rushed to the spots and dispersed the mobs.



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