Hyderabad, Apr 22 UNI | 3 months ago

As many as 396 candidates remained in fray for the 25 Lok Sabha seats out of 42 and 2919 nominees for 175 Assembly constituencies in Seemandhra of Andhra Pradesh which will go into the second phase polls on May 7.

Of the 455 nominations filed for Lok Sabha elections, 59 were rejected after the scrutiny of nominations, according to a release issued by Chief Electoral officer Bhanwar Lal here today.

'The highest number of 27 valid candidates remained in fray in Vijayawada followed by Visakhapatnam (26) while the lowest number of 9 candidates in Anakapalle parliamentary constituency, the release said.

Meanwhile, as many as 3,426 nominations were filed for the 175 assembly seats in 14 district of Seemandhra, 507 nominees were rejected after the scrutiny.

The highest number of 315 nominations each were found valid in Guntur and East Godavari districts while lowest number of 94 valid nominees in Vizianagaram district, the release said. The last date for withdrawal of candidature is April 23.

However, in the first phase, a total of 265 final candidates remained in fray for the 17 Lok Sabha seats and 1,669 final candidates for the 119 Assembly constituencies, after the final withdrawal of candidature in Telangana (10 districts), where elections will be held on April 30, the release said.

More than 15 contesting candidates are in fray in eight Parliamentary constituencies and in 31 Assembly constituencies while highest number of contesting candidates in Amberpet Assembly constituency in Hyderabad city in Telangana, from where Congress MP V.Hanumantha Rao is pitted against Telangana BJP President G Kishan Reddy, who is the sitting MLA.

Over 6.49 electors will exercise their vote in 69,014 polling stations in both phases (Telangana and Seemandhra) of Andhra Pradesh.

In the first phase, the poll take place from 0700 hrs to 1600 hrs in 11 Left-wing Extremism (LWE) affected Assembly constitutencies and in the remaining 108 constituencies, the hours of poll is 0700 hrs to 1800 hrs.

In the second phase, the poll will take place from 0700 hrs to 1600 hrs in 10 LWE affected Assembly constituencies and in the remaining 165 constituencies, the hours of poll is 0700 hrs to 18.00 hrs, the release added.

(Posted on 22-04-2014)