Brisk polling in parts of Telangana in initial hours ; 10 15 % votes casted till 9 AM

Brisk polling in parts of Telangana in initial hours ; 10 15 % votes casted till 9 AM

Hyderabad,Brisk polling was reported in parts of Telangana in the initial hours of election being held for the 119-assembly seats, on Friday. Governor ESL Narasimhan, his wife Vimala Narasimhan, Principal Secretary Harpreet Singh and GHMC Commissioner and Hyderabad district Election Officer Dana Kishore were among the first to cast their votes as polling began at 7 am across 31 districts in the state, amid unprecedented security. According to State Chief Electoral Office here, by 9 AM, 10.15 per cent voters had exercised their franchise. The voting is going on peacefully at all the polling stations barring some minor problems. The polling will end at 5 pm in 106 assembly segments, while in 13 constituencies which were classified as Left Wing Extremism-affected, polling ends an hour earlier. The highest polling of 11 per cent was recorded at Warangal district in the first two hours while Hyderabad district recorded lowest 7.39 per cent polling. At some places, EVMs developed minor technical problems but it was restored immediately. Former Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya , former Rajya Sabha MP and film actor K Chiranjeevi, BJP state President Laxman, former MLA G Kishan Reddy, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee President Uttam Kumar Reddy, film actors Nagarjuna, Nandamuri Balakrishna, Jr NTR also turned up early to caste their votes. Over 2.8 crore electorate including 1.39 crore woman were registered to exercise their franchise in the state, which had a total of 32,815 polling stations. As many as 1,821 candidates, including a transgender and 139 female candidates, besides 631 independents were in the frayand the counting of votes would be taken up on December 11 along with Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh Rajasthan and Mizoram.

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