The vote began on Wednesday in a partial election in Nandyal district, Kurnool district, Andhra Pradesh.
The long queues were observed at the opening of the polling stations at 7 o’clock in the morning. The vote will continue until 6 am, according to election officials. More than 2.19 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in 255 centers.
For the first time, the Electoral Commission uses VPPAT, which helps voters know the candidates who voted.
VVPAT attached to the electronic voting machine (EVM) shows for seven seconds the name of the candidate for whom the electoral vote was chosen.
Strict security measures were established in the politically sensitive electorate to ensure a peaceful and equitable vote.
More than 2,500 police officers, six paramilitary units, 15 platoons from the Armed Reserve and the Special Police were deployed.
A drone camera, 259 body cameras and 60 CCTV cameras were used to monitor the surveys. The police also established a command and control center to monitor the situation.
Electoral authorities monitored the survey process through web casting cameras. More than 1,600 survey members were deployed.
The death was necessary after the death of Bhuma Nagi Reddy, who had left the YSR Congress party to join the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) decision last year.
There are 15 candidates in the scrum, including Bhuma Brahmananda Reddy’s nephew of the TDP, Silpa Mohan Reddy of Congress YSR and Abdul Khader of Congress.
It is a direct battle between the TDP and the YSR Congress. Both sides treat it as a battle for prestige.
Horseback riding attended a high-tension and acrimony campaign led by TDP Chief Minister and President N. Chandrababu Naidu and YSR Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy.
The stakes are high for both sides as the result will be seen as a referendum on the TDP-BJP government’s performance and how the wind will blow in 2019.
Congress accused both parties of spending a lot of money to attract voters and demanded the postponement of the partial election.
Independent observers have described it more frequently through voting. The vote count will be resumed on August 28.