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71% polling in Telangana’s municipal polls

Hyderabad: Over 70 per cent voters forged their votes in seven city native our bodies in Telangana on Friday amid elaborate preparations to forestall unfold of COVID-19.

According to the State Election Commission (SEC), 71.43 per cent polling was recorded in Greater Warangal and Khammam Municipal Corporations and 5 municipalities – Siddipet, Jadcherla, Atchampet Kothur and Nakrekal.

The highest turnout of 86.65 per cent was recorded in Nakrekal municipality whereas Greater Warangal noticed lowest polling at 54.74.

Polling was additionally held for the by-elections to 4 wards in 4 municipalities and one ward in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC). The common ballot share in these 5 wards was 65.45.

A complete of 11,59,112 voters, together with 5,84,963 ladies, had been eligible to forged their votes in these elections.

As many as 1,307 candidates, together with 480 Independents, are in the fray in two companies and 5 municipalities. Fourteen candidates are testing their political fortunes in 4 wards whereas 5 candidates are in fray in the Lingojiguda ward in the GHMC.

The ballot authorities had arrange 1,539 polling stations and deployed 9,809 polling personnel for clean conduct of elections.

On the path of the Telangana High Court, the SEC made elaborate preparations to make sure strict adherence to Covid-19 pointers in the course of the polling.

The polling, which started at 7 a.m., concluded at 5 p.m. Those standing in queues at 5 p.m. had been additionally allowed to vote.

State Election Commissioner C. Parthasarathi mentioned the polling was peaceable and clean with no untoward incident reported from anyplace.

He mentioned there was voluntary compliance of Covid-19 protocols by majority of the voters. They themselves are standing in queue duly following social distancing and duly sporting the face masks, sanitising their fingers; and coming into the polling station one after one in a scientific method. Since the typical voters in every polling station is stored round 730, there was much less scope for overcrowding. Entire official equipment has strictly carried out the Covid protocols with out giving any likelihood, he added.

Counting of votes might be taken up on May 3.

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