Polling was suspended at a village in Andhra Pradesh after EVMs were destroyed by locals protesting against delimitation of constituencies, barring which balloting was peaceful in the state with 25.67 per cent of votes polled in the first four hours.
Angry residents of Aiza in Mahabubnagar district clashed with voters standing in queue and destroyed EVMs, resulting in suspension of polling in 17 booths, state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) I V Subba Rao told reporters.
The villagers have been protesting against the way delimitation exercise was carried out in their village and even approached the Supreme Court over the issue.
A clash took place between BJP and MIM workers at Chandrayanagutta locality in Hyderabad and some people have been taken into custody, the CEO said. "I spoke to the Special DG (law and order) and other police officials and steps are being taken to ensure free and fair polling," he said.
Polling has been peaceful in other constituencies in the state where an average of 25.67 per cent was recorded till 1100 hours, Rao said.
Srikakulam Lok Sabha constituency recorded the highest polling percentage of 32.30, while the lowest 19.20 per cent was held in Peddapalle (SC) seat.
Polling began on a dull note at 0700 hours for 22 Lok Sabha and 154 Assembly constituencies and gained momentum as the day progressed.
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