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About 15% votes polled in first 2 hours in 7 polling stations

Press Trust of India  |  Amaravati 

: About 15 per cent of votes were polled in the first two hours in seven polling stations in Chandragiri Assembly constituency under Chittoor Lok Sabha segment in Andhra Pradesh, where re-poll is being held Sunday.

In all there are 5,451 voters under these seven polling booths, according to the state Chief Electoral Officer.

On Wednesday, the ECI had ordered repoll in five polling stations, on a petition by YSR Congress candidate Chevireddy Bhaskara Reddy, who alleged that a certain section of voters was not allowed to exercise their franchise.

The Telugu Desam Party had on Friday petitioned the EC for a repoll in two polling stations in the same constituency, alleging irregularities.

Based on the recommendation of the state Chief Electoral Officer, the ECI issued an order Saturday for the repoll to be conducted on Sunday in two polling stations pertaining to both Chandragiri Assembly and Chittoor Lok Sabha segments.

Late Saturday night, the Andhra Pradesh High Court rejected a TDP petition for cancellation of the re-poll.

The Election Commission submitted video evidence of the gross malpractices in these polling booths, based on which the re-poll was ordered.

As such, the High Court rejected the TDP petition, paving the way for the re-poll.

The results will be declared on May 23.

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First Published: Sun, May 19 2019. 10:41 IST