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Over 23% polling in Telangana by 11 a.m. (Fourth Lead)

IANS  |  Hyderabad 

Over 23 per cent polling was recorded by 11 a.m. in Assembly elections on Friday, said.

According to information reaching the election authorities in Hyderabad, 23.17 per cent of over 2.8 crore voters have cast their votes in the first four hours.

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

said the polling has so far been peaceful and smooth.

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

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

Of the total electorate, nearly half are women eligible to exercise their franchise to decide the political fortunes of 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.

Over 50,000 security personnel, including 18,860 drafted from neighbouring states and central forces, were deployed as part of the massive 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 arranged for the polling.

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

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is contesting all seats on its own, 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.

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

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



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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 11:50 IST