2nd phase panchayat polls begin amid tight security
Polling in the second phase of village-level local bodies in Andhra Pradesh began in the morning amid tight security.
Men and women queued up since 0700 hrs to cast their votes in 25,758 polling stations across the state. Except minor incidents at various polling stations, the election process was going on peacefully with over 25 per cent polling so far. As many as 2,469 candidates are in the fray for 576 ZPTCs posts and 25,621 candidates for 7,975 posts.
Of this, 217 ZPTCs posts and 3,241 MPTCS posts are in Telangana region and 319 ZTPCs and 4,734 MPTCs in Seemandhra region.
The first phase of elections to panchayati raj institutions was held on April 6 with an average voter turnover of 81 per cent.
Over 1.31 lakh polling personnel were posted at all polling stations besides appointment of 5,075 micro observers. The commission has identified 6,057 polling stations as sensitive and 6,463 polling stations as very sensitive. There are another 238 problematic centres and 558 extremist affected centres.
Web casting facility was provided in 3,089 centres and videography in 3,206 centres.
However, the counting of votes would be taken up after May 7 and a date was not yet decided. It may be taken up before May 16 when counting of votes for Assembly and Lok Sabha elections would be taken up.
(Posted on 11-04-2014)