Tirupati: Voting for Lok Sabha and Assembly elections was started late at somnme of the polling stations in Chittoor district because of some of the electronic voting machines (EVMs) and voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) equipment developed glitches on Thursday morning.
Many of the constituencies across the district reported problems with the working of EVMs and VVPATs. Even the mock polling was delayed at several constituencies because of this issue.
Technical glitches in EVMs were reported from polling station in Renigunta PS (150), Nettakuppam PS (297, 298) and Ravellavari palli PS (315) in Ramachandra-puram Mandal, Sai Nagar Panchayat in Chandragiri segment, Khadi colony in Tirupati Urban and Perumallapalli in Tirupati rural segments, and Tiruchanoor PS (253) among others.
The district has recorded 72.4 per cent polling by 6 pm. For the last poll in 2014, the district recorded 79.13 per cent polling.
About 10.33 per cent votes were polled across the district in the first two hours while the poll percentage increased to 25.18 per cent by around 11 am. The poll percentage in the district on hourly basis was reported as follows: 42.60 percent by 1 pm, 57.50 percent by 3 pm, 63.95 percent by 4 pm, 69.32 percent by 5 pm and 72.40 percent by 6 pm.
Thamballapalle assembly segment recorded 79 per cent polling against 81.8 per cent during the previous 2014 polls. For the other assembly segments, Pileru recorded 71 per cent (78.9 per cent in 2014), Madanapalli 69 per cent (70.1), Punganur 74 per cent (84.2), Chandragiri 72 per cent (79.8), Tirupati 58.23 per cent (59.5), Srikalahasthi 72.8 per cent (82.6), Satyavedu 79 per cent (83.1), Nagari 76 per cent (85.3), G.D. Nellore 84.6 per cent (84.60), Chittoor 68 per cent (75.8), Puthalapattu 78 per cent (85.6), Palamaner 64.8 per cent (84.6) and Kuppam 67.2 per cent ( 84).
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