April 13 Hyderabad. Apr 11 UNI | 3 months ago

An estimated 82 per cent voting was recorded in the second and final phase of elections to local bodies in Andhra Pradesh today even as re-polling was ordered in nearly seven polling booths.

Two old women voters waiting in queue lines died due heat from scorching sun in Konaseema region.

The highest polling of 90 per cent was recorded at Khammam district while lowest of 73 per cent was recorded in Visakhapatnam district.

Barring minor incidents of clashes between rival groups at various places, the polling was largely peaceful, according to police.

At Visakhapatnam district, some unknown persons entered polling station No 27 of Busiputtu Gram Panchayat in Munchingputtu MPP and forcibly took away the ballot box containing polled ballot papers, the police said.

Polling was held for 536 Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituencies (ZPTC) and 7,975 Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituencies (MPTC) in 22 districts across the state in the second and last phase, according to State Election Commissioner P Ramakanth Reddy .

The re-polling in all the polling stations will be held on April 13, the commission added.

The counting of votes will be taken up after May 7 (at the end of second phase of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh) as per a Supreme Court direction.

Reddy yesterday said officials had seized about Rs 90 crores of cash, 3,48,255 kg black jaggery and 741 vehicles during the past few days as part of drive to implement model code of conduct and curb use of money power in elections.

The first phase of elections was held on April 6 recording an average polling of over 80 per cent. A report from Kakinada said two old women who were waiting in que for casting their votes when they suddenly

collapsed due to heat and died before rendering first aid could be given to them.

Official sources said Adilakshmi (65) died at the polling station in Chinthapudi of Razole mandal while Seethamma (70) succumbed in Mummidivaram polling station.

The polling has been 'by and large' peaceful and on an average 75 per cent of the voters had exercised their franchise by 1630 hours. Police sources said polling was concluded peacefully at all the polling stations except a few stray incidents at one or two places.

They maintained that only one person said to be sympathiser of YSRC received injuries during the skirmish with TDP workers just before conclusion of the polling at a polling station in Kamanagaruvu in Amalapuram rural mandal.

(Posted on 12-04-2014)