Recap: AP's ZPTC, MPTC elections

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About 67 percent polling was recorded till Sunday evening in the first phase of rural local body elections in Andhra Pradesh.

Polling began at 7 a.m. for 557 Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituencies (ZPTCs) and 8,250 Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituencies (MPTCs) across the state. 

State Election Commissioner Ramakanth Reddy said that electors can exercise their franchise from 7 am to 5 pm in all the polling stations, while at Manthani in Karimnagar district, voting will be allowed up to 4 pm only. 

Eligible voters: 4.13 crore 

Police personnel on duty: 95,000

Total ZPTCs: 1,096

MPTCs : 16,589

Sakshipost brings you live updates from across the state.

  • Rose color ballots are using for MPTC elections
  • white color ballots are using for ZPTC elections
  • Each voter will get two voter sheets
  • An election official was seriously injured in a snake bite at Bandameedapalli village in Kundurthi mandal in Anantapur district. The official, Anji Babu, came to the polling station on Sunday morning.
  • Long queues of voters were seen in the morning hours at majority of the 26,742 polling centres across 534 mandals in 22 districts.
  • Voters were not given slips in Gadarada mandal in East Godavari district.
  • By 11 am, about 33 percent of polling was recorded in the state. Prakasam district registered a polling of 42 percent, which is highest in the state while it is lowest in Visakhapatnam at which the figure is only 19.
  • Voting percentage till 11 pm.  Adilabad-32, Anantapur-37, Chittoor-37, East Godavari-28, Guntur-35, Karimnagar-37, Khammam-32, Krishna-35, Kurnool-37, Mahabubnagar-30, Medak-34, Nalgonda-31, Nizamabad-33, Prakasam-42, Ranga Reddy-30, Nellore-29, Srikakulam-34, Visakhapatnam-19, Vizianagaram-31, Warangal-39,West Godavari-30 and Kadapa-38.
  • Minor clashes took place between TDP and YSRCP men at Kottapalem village in Nizampatnam mandal in Guntur district. One person was injured in the incident. Security personnel in large number were deployed in the area.
  • Polling has to be stopped at Mamidipalli village in Tirumalagiri mandal in Nalgonda district as the symbols were interchanged in the ballot paper.
  • The villagers of Alluru and Redlapalem in Tvpalem mandal in Guntur district boycotted the polling as the polling station was changed. With this, the polling stations faced a desert look there.
  • As many as 10 lakh voters cast their votes in Karimnagar.
  •  Guntur : Police arrested a TDP activist after they were caught red handed while distributing saris to voters at Rajivgandhi colony of Ganapavaram in Nadendla mandal in Guntur district. 
  • The election officials changed the poling centre at Aluru Redlapalem after the voters refused to cast their votes as the polling centre is two kilometers away. 
  • Chittoor: Police resorted to lathicharge on voters at DKpalli of Kuppam mandal. 
  • Police lathicharged when the voters staged a dharna saying their names are missing in the list.  TDP sarpanch attacked a YSRCP candidate at Irikipeta of Somam mandal. YSRCP leader was seriously injured in the attack and rushed to a nearby hsopital. While at Kiran's native place, his supporters were obstructing the voters from entering the poling centers. 

West Godavari: Polling began for 22 ZPTC and 413 MPTC seats in West Godavari district. 

Voters have to cast their votes in dark as there is a power cut at Vatluru. Due to the power cuts, voters are finding it difficult to recognize the symbols. 

TDP activists were seen distributing money at Pentapadu police station.

About  54 per cent of polling was reported till 1 pm 

Adilabad - 47, Ananthapur- 61, Chittoor- 55, East Godavari- 51, Guntur- 53, Karimnagar- 63, Khammam- 49, Kurnool- 57, Mahabubnagar- 50, Medak- 49, Nalgonda- 55, Nizamabad- 52, Warangal - 50, Ranga Reddy- 46, Nellore- 48, Srikakulam- 54, Vishakha- 45, East Godavari- 50, YSR Kadapa- 60

West Godavari: Some discrepancies took place in the voters list at Darbhagudem village in Jeelugumalli mandal . Protesting the same, the voters locked the polling booth and staged a dharna there.  

Officials there informed the matter to the higher officials. Joint Collector held discussions with the villagers and promised them that polling will be conducted till mid night. With this, the officials have decided to conduct the polling in the village till 11 pm. 

Satisfied with this, the villagers agreed to cast their votes.

Khammam : A Sub-Inspector of Police opened fire in air at Morampalli Banjara in Burgampahad mandal in Khammam district on Sunday. 

On the eve of ZPTC and MPTC elections, the official beaten up a sarpanch. The angered villagers attacked the SI. With this, the SI opened fire. 

The villagers are demanding to suspend the official.

Mahbubnagar : One person committed suicide being unable to bear the distress that some police personnel beat him up. 

The incident took place at Seshampalli village in Maldakal mandal in Mahbubnagar district. 

One Jayanna came to the polling station to cast his vote. But, his name was not there in the voters list. Some police constables beat him up when he entered into a heated argument with the officials at the polling booth on the same. 

Unable to bear the distress, he committed suicide.

Baring a few untoward incidents, polling for MPTC and ZPTC seats in the state ended peacefully. Voters, who were waiting in long queues, could cast their votes till 8 pm.

Re-polling will be conducted in Medak, Ananthapuram and Nellore districts on April 11.

-Sakshipost

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