AP by-poll: Over 70% polling in Kadapa, 81% in Pulivendula
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Last Updated: Sunday, May 08, 2011, 23:16
Kadapa/Hyderabad: Around 70 percent polling was reported in the bypoll held on Sunday for Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency, where YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is seeking re-election.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Bhanwar Lal told reporters tonight that 69.50 percent of votes were polled till the end of polling at 5 pm.

The number is likely to go up as voters were waiting in queues at several polling stations even at 5 pm, he said.

The percentage of polling in Pulivendula Assembly constituency, where Jagan's mother Vijayalakshmi and his uncle YS Vivekananda Reddy (Congress) crossed swords, was 81 percent, he said.

Polling was peaceful barring stray incidents, state DGP K Aravinda Rao said.

Police fired in the air at Siddareddigari Palle village in Pulivendula segment to disperse a crowd when supporters of Congress and YSR Congress Party clashed with each other and resorted to stone pelting about half a kilometre away from the polling station, Rao said.

Another incident of clash between two groups was reported at K Sunkesula village of Kazipet mandal. In the clash, an OB van of Sakshi news channel, owned by Jagan, was damaged.

Police resorted to mild lathi charge to bring the situation under control there though nobody was injured in the police firing and the situation was brought under control effectively, he said.

"At both these places the polling process was not disturbed," Rao said. Elaborate security arrangements for free, fair and peaceful conduct of elections was made with the deployment over 11,000 security personnel.

Kadapa District Superintendent of Police Tarun Joshi told a news agency on phone that "Overall polling went off peacefully, though there were some incidents of stone-pelting between workers of Congress and YSR Congress party, arguments between polling agents of different political parties but none of them affected the polling process."

The polling percentages in the assembly constituencies under Kadapa Lok Sabha seat are: Badvel-80.181, Kadapa-57.289, Pulivendula-81, Kamalapuram-63.224, Jammalamadugu-65.224, Proddatur-70.376 and Mydukur-70.593.

While the tentative percentage of polling in Kadapa Lok Sabha seat is 70, it was 75.69 in the 2009 general elections, the CEO said.

The major parties -- Congress, Telugu Desam and YSR Congress of Jagan Mohan Reddy -- demanded re-polling in several polling stations due to alleged malpractices by their rivals.

The CEO said all such complaints have been forwarded to the district authorities for verification and that a report will be sent to the Election Commission. The final decision on re-polling will be taken by the Commission.

He said he had recommended re-polling in the polling station at Bellam Mandi Veedhi in Kadapa as an EVM there developed a problem.

Significantly, web-casting of polling process was done in 1061 polling stations out of the total 1512 to ensure transparency.

The web-casting, though not in public domain, could not be done in all the polling stations due to the non-availability of broadband connectivity. However, videography was done in the polling stations, he said.


First Published: Sunday, May 08, 2011, 23:16

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