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AP polling put at 76.69 per cent: Police confirm 2 deaths

Press Trust of India  |  Amaravati 

Polling in Thursday's assembly and elections in Andhra Pradesh,that went past midnight, stood at 76.69 per cent, with police confirming the deaths of two people in poll related incidents.

The figure is 1.27 per cent less than the total votes polled in the 2014 elections.

But authorities here expect the percentage to increase by at least one per cent as the final tabulation of votes polled in all 175 Assembly segments was still continuing.

There are 3,93,45,717 voters in the state.

Polling continued past midnight Thursday in over 200 polling stations because of technical glitches in EVMs during the day.

"We are awaiting final reports from Returning Officers from all constituencies.

At last count early Friday morning,the polling percentage was 76.69. That could almost be the final figure. If at all, there could be a one per cent increase," a in the EC here said.

The EC authorities initially expected the polling to cross 80 per cent as a large number of voters had queued up in all polling stations.

Police Friday confirmed that two persons were killed in election related violence in the state,contrary to conflicting claims of the ruling and opposition YSR

The and the YSRC issued statements claiming that two each of their workers were killed by rivals on Thursday.

The of Police issued a statement saying there were 'only two deaths' related to the elections as against six in 2014.

While one worker was killed in a group clash in Tadipatri constituency in district, a YSRC worker's father died accidentally, caught in a clash between TDP and YSRC activists in Tamballapalle in district.

"The 68-year-old man was at the scene of the clash,trying to prevent his son from being a participant. He suffered a stone-hit near his eye and succumbed on the way to hospital," district of Police told PTI over phone.

On Thursday, YSRC claimed one of its workers was killed by TDP men in Tadipatri but it turned out that the man only went into a coma after sustaining injuries.

TDP son tweeted Friday that two of his party workers were "hacked to death".

He did not, however, specify where the second incident occurred.

Police confirmed only the Tadipatri incident.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 16:35 IST