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48 percent polling in Telangana by 1 p.m. (Fifth Lead)

IANS  |  Hyderabad 

Heavy polling was recorded in the election on Friday, with officials reporting 48 percent by 1 p.m.

According to information reaching Hyderabad, 48.09 per cent of over 2.8 crore voters had cast their votes in the first four hours.

The polling, which began on a dull note at 7 a.m., picked up in the last two hours. Long queues of voters including women were seen especially in rural areas.

said the polling was peaceful and smooth.

Polling was on in all the 119 constituencies -- 32,815 polling stations spread across 31 districts -- in the first full-fledged in India's youngest state.

In some polling centres, the process started late due to technical glitches in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).

Of the total electorate, nearly half are women. There are 1,821 candidates, including and his 14 cabinet colleagues.

said polling will continue till 5 p.m. except in 13 Left Wing Extremism affected constituencies where it will end an hour early.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief cast his vote in his village in district and exuded confidence that his party will retain power with a huge majority.

and his wife exercised the franchise near

voted in Kodad constituency. BJP's and did so in

Over 50,000 security personnel, including 18,860 from neighbouring states and central forces, were deployed as part of the security arrangements.

Over 1.50 lakh polling personnel were on duty to conduct the polling process. As many as 55,329 EVMs and 39,763 control units were in use.

For the first time, (VVPAT) were installed across the state. The authorities have arranged 42,751 VVPATs, which are attached to the EVMs and will display for seven seconds the choice made by the voter.

The were expected to be a close contest between the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), which is contesting all seats on its own, and the Congress-led People's Front that includes Telugu Desam Party (TDP), and Telangana (TJS).

The is the third key force in some constituencies. The Bahujan Left Front led by the Communist Party of India-Marxist and are also contesting majority of the seats.

The All Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) is contesting eight seats in

The TRS opted for dissolution of the Assembly in September, eight months before its term was to end.



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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 13:54 IST