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Over 60% polling recorded in Telangana

IANS  |  Hyderabad 

Over 60 per cent polling was recorded in all the 17 constituencies in Telangana till 5 p.m., officials said.

According to Electoral Officer Rajath Kumar, 60.57 per cent turnout was recorded in all the constituencies, barring Nizamabad, where polling ends at 6 p.m.

According to figures available till 5 p.m., Medak recorded the highest turnout at 68.60 per cent and Secunderabad the lowest at 39.20 per cent. With 39.49 per cent polling, also witnessed voters' apathy.

Polling in 13 Maoist-affected Assembly segments under the five constituencies ended at 4 p.m.

In Nizamabad, where a record number of EVMs are being used to accommodate 185 candidates, polling continues till 6 p.m. The said that those standing in queues would be allowed to vote, irrespective of the time they take.

Nearly 2.97 crore voters are eligible to cast their votes to decide the fortunes of 443 candidates, including 25 women, in the state.

Some of the prominent names in the fray are Telangana and K. Chandrashekhar Rao's daughter K. Kavitha, Vinod Kumar, state Uttam Kumar Reddy, former Union (Congress) and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM)

The has set up 46,120 polling stations and deployed three lakh personnel, including about a lakh securitymen, for the polls.

The counting of votes will be taken up on May 23.

In 2014, the TRS bagged 11 seats in the state, while the secured two. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Telugu Desam Party (TDP), and YSR Party (YSRCP) won a seat each.

The TDP and the YSRCP are not contesting the elections in Telangana this time.



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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 19:10 IST