India-Pakistan match, marriages cast shadow on Andhra bypolls

March 18th, 2012 - 4:18 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, March 18 (IANS) With a large number of marriages and the India-Pakistan Asian Cup cricket match casting a shadow on Sunday’s bypolls to seven Andhra assembly seats, poll authorities issued a special appeal to people to come out and vote.

State chief electoral officer Bhanwar Lal Sunday urged voters to exercise their franchise despite the marriages and the match.

With the Asia Cup match being telecast live, all the political parties were worried about its impact on the poll percentage. It is for this reason that their cadres made all out efforts to bring voters to polling centres in the initial hours.

About 25 to 30 percent votes were polled by noon in the seven constituencies spread over five districts. The poll officials and the parties are hopeful of a moderate turnout of 55-60 percent.

Bhanwar Lal said all those standing in the queues at 5 p.m. would be allowed to cast their votes.

Hundreds of marriages were also scheduled for Sunday, the last day for weddings before Moodami - the traditional inauspicious time - starts.

The marriages and the intense heat may also impact the final poll percentage.

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