Vijayawada, Apr 11 : The polling in 175 Assembly and 25 Lok Sabha constituencies in Andhra Pradesh began a amid tight security at 7 am on Thursday. Reports said, Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) developed technical glitch and went out of order in hundreds of polling stations. Hundreds of people were seen in queues in front of polling stations from 6 am itself across the state to cast their votes. Most of the voters wanted to cast their vote in the early hours to avoid coming out in heat wave conditions.
Till 9.30 am, the polling is peaceful, an election official said. Voters expressed anger at many places as the EVMs developed technical snag and went out of order. Since technical staffers are not available to rectify the technical snags, the polling staff expressed their inability. The voters at several places were seen picking up arguments with the election staff in the polling stations over the non-function of EVMs.
In the 139 polling station in Mangalagiri Assembly constituency voters expressed anger complaining that the symbol of the party for which they voted did not appear in VVPAT.
In the 183 polling station in Gutti Assembly constituency in Anantapur district, Janasena party MLA candidate Madhusudhan Gupta destroyed an EVM by hitting it to the ground, expressing anger over the mismanagement of polling staff. The police arrested him later. Meanwhile, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, his wife Bhuvaneswari, his Minister son N Lokesh and daughter-in-law N Brahmini cast their votes at a polling station at Undavalli in Guntur district.
Leader of the Opposition and YSRCP president Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy exercised his franchise at a polling station in Pulivendula town in Kadapa district. Vijayawada LS TDP candidate and sitting MP Kesineni Srinivas Nani cast his vote at a polling station in Gunadala here. Talking to media after casting his vote, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu emphasized the need of using paper ballots in the election as it is being used in even developed countries. He cited that hundreds of EVMs developed technical snags and gone out of order during the polling. (UNI)