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Polling underway in Andhra Pradesh ; EVM glitches reported

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Polling underway in Andhra Pradesh ; EVM glitches reported
11 April, 2019
Polling is underway in Andhra Pradesh for 25 Lok Sabha and 175 assembly seats in the first phase. Polling process started amid tight security at 7 a.m. in all constituencies and many are thronging the polling booths to cast their votes.

Authorities have set up 46,120 polling stations, of which 9,000 booths are considered sensitive. The polling will end at 5 p.m., except in Maoist-affected areas where it will end an hour early.  Around 3.83 crore voters are set to decide the fortunes of 319 candidates for Lok Sabha seats and 2,118 candidates for Assembly polls. 

TDP President and AP CM Chandrababu Naidu exercised his franchise at a polling booth in Undavalli in Mangalagiri Assembly constituency in Guntur district. CBN's wife N. Bhuvaneswari, son N. Lokesh and daughter-in-law N. Brahmani also cast their votes.  Lokesh, who is making his electoral debut, is the party candidate from Mangalagiri while Naidu is seeking re-election from Kuppam in his native Chittoor district. 

Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan cast his vote in Vijayawada East. After casting vote, Pawan also opened up about the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) not working.

Speaking to media, Pawan said, “I would like to bring to the notice of the chief election commissioner that more than 10 percentage, close to 10 percentage EVM’s are not working. And we don’t know the reasons why they are not functioning, which is quite important not only for the state but the entire nation. And if it is one percent or two percent we could understand, but it is 10 percent. And also there are reports, if you’re pressing one button it is going to one party and these kinds of reports are coming and I want the election commission to look into it and respond on that.”

This is the first general election in the state after bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and creation of Telangana in June 2014. There are a total of 3,93,45,717 registered voters, including 1,94,62,339 men, 1,98,79,421 women and 3,957 transgenders.

In Telangana, elections will be held on all 17 seats in the first phase.The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti is hoping to sweep the polls in alliance with Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM, who is aiming for a fourth consecutive win from the Hyderabad Lok Sabha seat.

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