Andhra Pradesh Mandal, Zila Parishad Election 2021 Voting Live, Results Latest Update: A total of 18,782 candidates are in the fray for Mandal constituencies and 2,058 for Zila Parishad constituencies.
Andhra Pradesh Madal, Zila Parishad Election Live: According to the Election Commission, 2,371 MPTCs and 126 ZPTCs had already won uncontested. (PTI)
AP Mandal, Zila Parishad Election 2021 Live Voting Latest Update: Over 63 per cent polling has been recorded across the state for Mandal and Zila Parishad Election. Earlier in the day, the Andhra Pradesh State Election Commission has ordered re-polling in Ponugodu of AS peta constituency. A controversy erupted after a BJP agent named Prasad picked up the ballot box and threw it in a water tank. Prasad, who is on the run, pushed the officers who tried to stop him and threw the box. Earlier, a clash was reported between Pawan Kalyan’s Jana Sena workers and YS Jagan Mohan Reddy’s YSRCP party workers in Mamidikuduru area. According to reports, Jana Sena workers were allegedly distributing cash to which YSRCP party workers objected. This led to a clash in which workers of both parties sustained injuries. Voting is underway for 7,220 territorial constituencies of Mandals and 515 constituencies of Zila Parishads of Andhra Pradesh under strict security arrangements. About 2.5 crore voters are eligible to vote in the elections for 7,220 MPTCs (Mandal Parishad Territorial Constituencies) and 515 ZPTCs (Zilla Parishad Territorial Constituencies) spread across 13 districts of Andhra Pradesh. According to the Election Commission, 2,371 MPTCs and 126 ZPTCs had already won uncontested in the election process that began last year in March but was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A total of 18,782 candidates are in the fray for Mandal constituencies and 2,058 for Zila Parishad constituencies. N Chandrababu Naidu’s Telugu Desam Party, the principal opposition party in Andhra, has already announced that it would boycott the Parishad elections. It had said that the elections are being conducted in an undemocratic manner.
On Tuesday, a single-judge bench had granted a stay on the proposed election. Justice U Durga Prasad of the High Court had stayed the parishad election process, saying the commission could not unilaterally take its own decision defying the direction of the Supreme Court in respect to enforcement of the model code of conduct. He then passed the interim order on a petition filed by TDP leader Varla Ramaiah. The commission, however, challenged the single judge’s order before a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Arup Kumar Goswami and Justice C Praveen Kumar, which struck down Prasad’s order yesterday. The division bench, however, ordered that counting of votes and declaration of results be not taken up till further orders. The state commission had scheduled the counting of votes for April 10. Following the HC order, the commission is conducting the polling today. The election body had already put all necessary arrangements in place.