Poor voter turn-out in AP byelections
Polling had been without enthusiasm in the by-polls in the 18 assembly and 4 Lok Sabha constituencies. The average turn-out in all the constituencies is estimated to be around 50%. In addition to the heat wave conditions, frequent elections seem to have dampened the spirits of the voters.
A 5 per cent fall in polling, compared to the previous by-elections in the Karimnagar Parliament constituency, has become a cause of concern for the all main contestants, especially the TRS candidate K. Chandrashekhar Rao.
The drop from 57% in the December 2006 -election that ensured . Rao’s victory with a thumping majority of over 2 lakh votes to about 52% now, has raised doubts if he can repeat the feat. Rao already seems to have feared problems when he said the majority was not as much an issue as his victory.
Going by the available trends, it appeared to be a straight contest between the TRS and Congress, both in the Parliament constituency as well as the three Assembly segments of Mydaram, Huzurabad and Kamalapur. Polling was moderate in these three segments too.