ANDHRA PRADESH

Re-poll ordered in 40 booths

Special Correspondent



Miscreants pour water on the electronic voting machines in Pulivendula



HYDERABAD: Long queues of voters remained at over 500 polling booths beyond the 5 p.m. deadline.

The exercise was continued for four hours running into late night to allow the chance even to the last voter. The percentage in these areas in the 2004 elections was 72.29.

Miscreants damaged electronic voting machines (EVM) at 40 polling stations, 19 of them in Kadapa district, eight, Anantapur (8), Prakasam (6), Guntur (2), West Godavari (2) and one each in Chittoor, East Godavari and Krishna.

The EC took a tentative decision to conduct re-poll at these booths on Saturday.

In Pulivendula where Chief Minister Y. S. Rajsekhara Reddy is candidate, hooligans poured water on the EVMs at two booths, while at Thotavaripalli in Bapatla, a machine developed snag which, however, was rectified later by ECIL engineers, and polling resumed.

Firing

Police opened 26 rounds of fire into the air at Nagasanipalli in Mydukur area of Kadapa district to avert clash between Congress and TDP workers.

The followers of the same parties pelted stones at each other at Chanduruvaripalli in Gorantla area of Guntur district forcing the police to fire in the air again.

Police also fired in the air at Balusuthippa in East Godavari to prevent a similar clash.

Scuffles among rival party workers took place at about a dozen places.

At two places, live bombs were recovered by police.

‘Less troublesome’

Chief Electoral Officer I.V . Subba Rao said the second phase of elections was relatively less troublesome because of the monitoring at the top level at every stage, including deployment of force as and when required at the places having bad electoral record.

The complaints about ‘missing names’ of voters in the electors’ rolls were minimum this time as help-desk functioned for three days before the polling day, guiding the citizens on whether their names figured in the rolls at all.

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