AP Local Elections Phase 3: The third phase of Andhra Pradesh Panchayat elections began this morning. In 160 zones across the state ..
AP Panchayat Elections
AP Local Elections Phase 3: The third phase of Andhra Pradesh Panchayat elections began this morning. Polling began at 6.30 am at 26,851 polling stations in 160 constituencies across the state. The fate of 51, 369 candidates in this contest will be known overnight. In the third tranche, notifications were issued for elections in a total of 3,321 gram panchayats, of which 579 sarpanch posts were elected. The polling process will continue till 3.30 pm. The counting of votes in the respective gram panchayats will begin within half an hour immediately after the completion of the polling process.
District Election Officer, Collector Gandham Chandradu said that 61.25 per cent polling was recorded in 19 constituencies under Anantapur division till 11.30 am. TDP leaders are worried that YCP leaders have committed irregularities in the Santipuram Mandal Math panchayat elections in Kuppam constituency of Chittoor district. They were prevented from noticing the distribution of mark printed slips along with voter slips. Polling is going smoothly except for a few minor issues here and there. Statewide, 49.29 per cent polling was recorded at 10.30 am.
Visakhapatnam District SP Satyayesubabu directed to act in a humanitarian manner at the polling stations. They want to provide closer services to the elderly and the disabled. The SP warned that 168 centers would be identified as sensitive areas in the third tranche and strict action would be taken against anyone found guilty of partisan activities after polling. Authorities have stopped polling in Gurjala Mandal Madugula in Guntur district. Officials said polling would be suspended in wards 12 and 13 due to tampering with the candidates’ marks. Polling will be held in two wards on May 21.
Tension in Visakhapatnam, East and West Godavari District Agency .. Tension .. Police were alerted by the call of the Maoists to boycott the elections. Three-tier security has been set up at the most problematic polling stations in the agency. In Visakhapatnam, MLA Bhagyalakshmi exercised her right to vote. In Vennalapalam, Araku YSRCP MP Gotteti Madhavi also exercised his right to vote. An officer named Divakrupavati suffered a heart attack at the Kottapalli polling station in Chintoor zone of East Godavari district. She was rushed to a hospital.
Prakasam district Narishettipalam villagers boycott panchayat elections. He said he would not participate in the elections until the revenue issues in the village were resolved. Villagers boycotted elections in 14 wards, including the sarpanch. A group is alleging that ballot papers are being snatched from voters in Topudurthi, Atmakuru zone, Anantapur district. Concerns have been raised that ballot papers are being snatched and votes are being cast. It was in this context that former minister Paritala Sunita lodged a complaint with the SP in this regard.
Srikakulam district Polakonda mandal Ambili sarpanch candidate has been placed under house arrest by the police. It seems that the sarpanch candidate has been detained by the police in the wake of old cases. However, another opposition group is worried that the Sarpanch candidate will remain at the polling station. Ardeo Khazawali observed the election process at several polling stations in Machilipatnam constituency. District SP Satya Yesubabu is also inspecting the problematic polling booths in Tadipatri zone of Anantapur district.
Authorities decided to postpone polling in Uravakonda in Anantapur district after midnight. Candidate withdraws nomination mark on ballot paper. With this, the authorities decided to postpone the election of the third ward in Uravakonda late. Errors were found in the ballot papers in the Gurjala Mandal constituencies of Guntur district. Having an OK mark for both candidates led to serious confusion. As a result, the polling process in wards 12,13 of the constituencies came to a standstill. Officials have announced that polling will resume on the 21st of this month.
Panchayat elections are going on in Srikakulam, Palakonda, Vijayanagaram, Paderu, Rampachodavaram, Etapaka, Jangareddy Goodem, Eluru, Kukkunur, Machilipatnam, Gujarala, Kandukur, Gudur, Naidupet, Adoni, Kurnool, Anantapur, Madanapalle, Rajampeta and Kadapa revenue divisions. . A total of 55.75 lakh voters will exercise their right to vote in the third phase of polling. A total of 26,851 polling stations have been set up for this purpose.
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