Election Commission replaces 261 ballot units

According to CEO Rajat Kumar, the voter turnout at 5 pm was around 61 per cent.

Hyderabad: Telangana state registered a dismal 61 per cent voting in the Lok Sabha elections, and the city disappointed with the worst turnout in its history, only four out of every 10 voters turning up at the polling booths.

There were also complaints of EVMs not functioning. The EC replaced 261 ballot units, 55 control units and 87 VVPAT machines. After the polls closed, TRS working president K.T. Rama Rao tweeted, “I am proud of the way Telangana conducted itself today in this important parliamentary election. Proud of the administrative machinery, EC & Govt officials, political party workers of All parties & above all the people of Telangana. Only letdown was the low turnout in towns (sic).”

According to CEO Rajat Kumar, the voter turnout at 5 pm was around 61 per cent.

Polling started on a dull note in the twin cities with technical snags surfacing in EVMs in several booths, particularly in parts of the Old City. Polling ended at 4 pm in 13 Left Wing Extremism (LWE)-effected assembly segments under five parliamentary constituencies. Medak Lok Sabha constituency topped the list with 68.60 per cent, followed by Bhongir with 68.25. Karimnagar, Khammam and Zaheerabad constituencies also witnessed high turnout of 68 per cent, 67.96 per cent and 67.80 per cent respectively.

The polling percentage registered in other constituencies was 66.76 in Adilabad, 59.24 in Pedda-palli, 68.01 in Nizamabad, 42.75 in Malkajgiri, 39.20 in Secunderabad, 39.49 in Hyd-erabad, 53.80 in Chevella, 64.99 in Mahbubnagar, 57.12 in Nagarkurnool, 66.11 in Nalgonda, 60 in Warangal, 59.90 in Mahbubabad.

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