- Voting percentage to pick up
- Duty of every citizen to cast vote
- Booths set, enthusiasm not seen yet
Hyderabad: Much awaited GHMC poll voting started on Tuesday morning at 7 am. The percentage of turnout in 2016 was around 45.27 which was higher than 2009’s 42%, first elections after GHMC was created after merger of surrounding villages and municipalities with the city. Total 9,101 polling stations are allotted for polling by the EC in which 99 polling stations are located in Kondapur which is the highest number and least in RC Puram which has only 33 polling stations.
Fim star Chiranjeevi, Shyamprasad Reddy,Paruchuri Gopal Kirshna cast their vote in Jubilee Hills, C.P.Sajjanar at Nampally, CP.Anjan Kumar at Bagh Amberpet, Minister KTR at Nandinagar of Banjara Hills, AIMIM Prsident Owaisi at Sastry Nagar of old city, OBC Chairman Laxman at Chikkadapally are the few who cast their vote in the first hour of polling.
There are 74,67, 256 voters in the greater Hyderabad in 150 divisions where 9101 polling booths were provided by SEC. 144 section is in force in 100 metres on all four sides of booth. Corona patients can avail their vote from 5 pm to 6 pm.
Voting percentage to pick up
In the first hour of polling, not much enthusiasm was seen among voters. Cool weather, holiday mood may be the reasons for it. Now with Sunday falling on Nov 29th, 30th Monday and Dec 1st Tuesday, political parties are worried about the continuous holidays for 3 days as some schools and offices had declared Monday also as a holiday. This might impact the poll as the migrants were in a mood to move to their native places from Saturday evening.
Mild Clashes and Tenses
Mild clashes and tense situations witnessed on Sunday night and during first hour of polling in many places. R.K Puram of L.B.nagar, Jagdgirigutta, Khairatabad, Chaitanyapuri, KPHB Colony, are a few places where there was a tense situation. Some trouble makers have been taken into police custody for creating disturbance during polling.
Hyderabad voters should come up and participate in large number during elections. Vote today is an important factor for future of Hyderabad and leaders requested the citizens to utilize the opportunity without fail.