Hyderabad, December 11: The counting of votes for Telangana Assembly Elections 2018 began on Tuesday amid high security. Elaborate arrangements have been made to ensure that the counting of votes in all 119 Assembly constituencies in Telangana are held peacefully. Polling in Telangana was held on December 7 and a total voter turnout of 73.20 per cent was recorded.
According to details by state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), the highest turnout of voters was reported in Madhira Assembly constituency at 91.65 per cent. It was followed by Alair 91.33, Munugode 91.07, Narsapur 90.53, Bhongir 90.53 and Narsampet 90.06. Meanwhile, the lowest percentage of votes was polled in Charminar 40.18, followed by Yakutpura 41.24, Malakpet 42.74, Nampally 44.02, Jubilee Hills 45.61, Chandrayangutta 46.11 and Secunderabad Cantonment 49.05. Telangana Assembly Elections 2018: From KCR to Akbaruddin Owaisi – 5 Key Candidates to Watch Out.
In Telangana, the TRS, seeking a second term in office, is going alone, as also the BJP. Meanwhile, Congress has formed the 'Prajakutami' (People's Front) along with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), the Telangana Jana Samiti (TJS) and the Communist Party of India (CPI), to take on the ruling TRS, which is led by caretaker Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR). Telangana Assembly Elections 2018: TRS, Congress-led People Front Locked in Tough Battle.
For the first time, the Election Commission is using Voters Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in Telangana. The exit polls carried out by several agencies predict that KCR's TRS is all set to come to power in Telangana for the second time. All the exit poll results showed more seats to TRS, followed by Congress and BJP. In the last elections in 2014, the BJP had won five seats in alliance with the TDP. The party said it ensured that there is a triangular fight in Telangana this time.