Heavy polling was recorded in the Telangana Assembly election on Friday, with officials reporting 56.1 per cent voter turnout by 3 pm. According to information reaching Hyderabad, 56.1 per cent of over 2.8 crore voters had cast their votes.
Polling was on in all the 119 constituencies - 32,815 polling stations spread across 31 districts in the first full-fledged elections in India's youngest state. In some polling centres, the process started late due to technical glitches in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). Of the total electorate, nearly half are women. There are 1,821 candidates, including Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao and his 14 cabinet colleagues.
In Rajasthan, more than 59 per cent voter cast their vote in Rajasthan Assembly elections. According to Anand Kumar, CEO Rajasthan, the polling percentage that was 6.42 till 9 am and 22.85 till 11 am. It picked up rapidly in the next few hours as long queues were seen outside the polling units.
The polling will continue till 5 pm in both states except in 13 Left Wing Extremism affected constituencies in Telangana where it will end an hour early.