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Polling begins on a dull note for ZP, MP elections in AP

Vijayawada: The elections for the Zilla Parishad and Mandal Parishad began on a dull note in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday as voter turnout was thin till 10:30 am.

The polling to elect Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituency (ZPTC) and Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituency (MPTC) members began on a peaceful note across the state at 0700 hours this morning and it will conclude at 5 PM.

The principal opposition Telugu Desam Party boycotted the election alleging large scale irregularities.

The agents of TDP were found missing at the polling stations in many places.

The voter turnout was thin at many polling stations.

Only a few voters were seen at many polling stations at various places across the state.

According to election officials, about 10 per cent polling had been registered till 10:30 am.

The officials said that 9 per cent voting have been recorded in Vizainagaram district, 9.01 per cent in Visakhapatnam district, 8.83 per cent in East Godavari district, 4.59 per cent in West Godavari district, 9.26 per cent in Krishna district, 9.22 per cent in Guntur district, 7.52 per cent in Prakasam district, 6.53 per cent in Nellore district, 6.36 per cent in Kurnool district, 9.58 per cent in Anantapur district, 7.76 per cent in Kadapa District and 4.81 per cent in Chittoor district till 10:30 am.

Except for sporadic incidents, the polling was going on peacefully.

No major incident has taken place so far, police said.

The polling was to elect 515 ZPTC members and 7,220 MPTC members.

As many as 2,058 candidates are in the fray for the ZPTC elections and 18,782 candidates for MPTC elections.

About 2,46,71,002 voters would cast their vote to elect the MPTC and ZPTC members. 27,751 polling stations were set up across the state for the elections and of which 6,492 were identified as sensitive and 6,314 are very sensitive.

As many as 247 polling stations are in the Maoist infested areas.

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