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General Elections-2009
Elections held smoothly in Hyderabad

Hyderabad|India|April'2009: The first phase of the General Elections-2009 ended with lakhs of people queuing up in city polling booths to vote a new government.The world's largest democratic exercise began early at 7 a.m. and ended at most places at 5 p.m on 16th April in Hyderabad.

As part of 1st phase General Elections, elections to 15 Assembly Constituencies and 2 Parliament Constituencies of Hyderabad City were held. The polling commenced at 7.00 a.m. at all 3,302 polling stations. Initially the percentage of poll was about 10%. Later it gradually increased and the final percentage of poll was in between 55% to 58%.

The city police had made elaborate bandobust arrangements by posting pickets in several places and arranged vehicle mobile parties to ensure free and fair polling and also to prevent untoward incidents. The special striking forces have been deployed in sensitive and hyper sensitive / troublesome places.

Total (17) Cases of various nature viz. assault, intimidation, petty quarrel in between polling agents and supporters of various political parties. Out of some 17 cases (6) pertain to Malakpet Assembly Constituency, (3) Charminar Assembly Constituency, (2) Amberpet Assembly Constituency, (1) Chandrayangutta Assembly Constituency, (1) Yakutpura Assembly Constituency, (1) Goshamahal Assembly Constituency, (1) Nampally Assembly Constituency, (1) Karwan Assembly Constituency, (1) Secunderabad Assembly Constituency.

In Polling Booth No.90 situated at Jam Jam High School, Misrigunj (Bahadurpura A/C), the polling commenced at 7.00 a.m. and 111 votes were polled upto 9.00 a.m. When the Presiding Officer Dr. G.B. Reddy, tried to note the percentage of votes polled, noticed that only 2 votes were registered in EVM instead of 111 votes. Then the Presiding Officer informed the Returning Officer about the same. Later, the Control Units of both Assembly and Parliamentary Constituencies were replaced.

There has been instances that many of the voters had to go back home inspite of having voter id cards since their names were not in the list.

But voters braved it all day in the scorching heat to cast their vote.All the shops & establishments were closed all thoughtout the day in city in view of the elections. The city roads almost wore a deserted look all through the day.

Chiranjeevi and his family members, TRS president K. Chandrasekhara Rao, Vijayshanti, chief electoral officer Subba Rao, Director General of Police A.K. Mohanty and several others cast their votes in Hyderabad.

Actor Jr NTR, who was seriously injured in a road accident, came to the polling booth at St Anns High School at Mehdipatnam on a stretcher and exercised his franchise for the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections.

Hyderabad district recorded around 55% turnout.Overall in Andhra Pradesh, there was 60-65 per cent voter turnout.

The second phase of polls in AP which is on April 23 will cover 20 Lok Sabha and 150 assembly constituencies in south coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema.

Total Votes polled in city area wise for General Elections-2009

Reachout's News Bureau
 April' 2009


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