Over 2.8 crore voters, 1.41 crore men and 1.39 crore women including 7.04 lakh voters under the age of 20, will exercise their franchise in 32,815 polling stations across Telangana. In all 1,821 candidates, 515 of national and state recognised political parties, are testing their fortunes in the election, the first full-fledged election after the formation of the State.
Polling will be held between 7 am and 5 pm in 106 constituencies while it will be from 7 am to 4 pm in the 13 constituencies identified as sensitive for left-wing extremist activities.
Malkajgiri constituency has the highest number of 42 contestants and Banswada the least with six.
Ministers T. Harish Rao, T. Nageswara Rao and G. Jagadish Reddy are among the early voters. While Mr. Harish Rao exercised his franchise in Siddipet, Mr. Nageswara Rao voted in Palair and Mr. Jagadish Reddy cast his vote in Suryapet.
Nalgonda MP Gutha Sukender Reddy and TRS candidate N. Bhaskar Rao cast their vote in Miryalaguda.
Badmintom champion P.V. Sindhu was also among the early voters. She set out for voting along with her family members.
Complaints from several constituencies over non-functional EVMs are pouring in. However, officials in CEO's office say they haven't received any complaints so far.
Polling delayed for two hours in polling booth 220 in Banjara Hills Road No 13 under Khairatabad constituency because of faulty EVM. It was replaced by another unit and polling began at 9 am.
Voters complained that they had to stand for two hours though they came at 7 am and they were still waiting for their turn.
A dull to moderate polling was recorded in the first two hours in the five constituencies in the district - Khammam (7 %), Palair (9%), Madhira (8 %), Wyra (8 %) and Sattupalli (9 %).
The physically challenged and disabled persons in Hyderabad will be carried to the respective polling stations through vehicles organised by GHMC.
For their convenience, 150 vehicles have been deployed throughout the city, with staggered routes so that the disabled voters can be picked up from their doorstep and taken to the polling station, the District Election Officer M. Dana Kishore said, after flagging off the vehicles on Thursday.
The vehicles will start between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., with routes changing every two hours so as to cover all the assigned routes. This will last till the end of the polling.