57.91% voter turnout in KMC polls
Around 57.91% of the practically 2.88 lakh voters exercised their franchise in the election to Khammam Municipal Corporation (KMC) held in the midst of a COVID surge on Friday.
The perceived concern appeared to have impacted the electoral participation as was evident from the comparatively low voter turnout in comparison with the earlier election.
Amid tight safety and COVID security precautions, the election was held for 59 wards of the overall 60 in the KMC from 7 a.m. to five p.m. on Friday. TRS candidate Madhuri had already been elected from the tenth ward unopposed (unanimously).
Sporadic incidents of minor clashes between TRS and Congress employees in fifty fifth and 57th divisions had been reported. Police chased away a bunch of agitated Congress cadre once they tried to stage a sit-in on the highway in 57th division in protest towards alleged bogus voting at a polling sales space on the NSP camp space.
An agitated Congress employee created a flutter by dousing himself with petrol demanding motion towards these allegedly resorting to ‘electoral malpractices’.
A commotion broke out close to a polling sales space in the twentieth division when a bunch of BJP cadres tried to stage a dharna towards what they termed ‘largescale bogus voting’ and ‘misuse of power’ by some ruling social gathering native leaders. Police swiftly intervened and introduced the scenario below management.
Prominent amongst those that solid their votes in the preliminary hours of Friday had been Transport Minister P. Ajay Kumar, Khammam MP Nama Nageswara Rao, and Collector R.V. Karnan.
The KMC election witnessed a eager contest between the TRS-CPI mix, Congress-CPI (M) alliance and the BJP-Jana Sena Party (JSP) mix. TRS fielded its candidates from 57 wards leaving three wards to its ally the CPI as a part of a pre-poll alliance to retain the ULB.
Meanwhile, the poll packing containers had been shifted to the sturdy rooms on the SR&BGNR Government Degree and PG College in the city the place the sealed packing containers had been stored below tight safety. Counting of votes will probably be taken up on May 3 and the outcomes will probably be declared on the identical day.
Polling in Siddipet
The election for Siddipet municipality was held peacefully on Friday.
Polls had been held for as many as 43 wards in the municipality of 1,00,678 voters.
A polling proportion of 67.18 was recorded until 5 p.m., which was solely 13.13% until 9 a.m. As many as 67,636 individuals solid their votes, out of which 34,556 had been males and 33,075 ladies.
Finance Minister Harish Rao, MLC Farooq Hussain, and Commissioner of Police D. Joyal Davis did solid their votes in one of many 130 polling stations established in the city. District Collector P. Venkatrama Reddy visited a number of polling stations together with common observer Vasam Venkateswarlu, Additional Collector Muzammil Khan, and Assistant Commissioner G. Narsaiah.
He examined the preparations of the sturdy room and counting at Indur Engineering College. Only brokers, contested candidates and media representatives can be allowed in the counting centres. General public was suggested to remain 500 metres away from the counting centres.