Panaji/ Hyderabad, August 23: Today the voting for the by-polls for four Assembly seats in Nandyal in Andhra Pradesh, and Valpoi and Panaji in Goa has begun. The polling, being held at 76 booths, including 30 in Panaji and 46 in Valpoi, will continue till 5 p.m in the evening.
The Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines would be used today.The by-polls results will be declared on August 28. The Nandyal seat in Andhra Pradesh fell vacant after the Telugu Desam Party TDP legislator passed away following a cardiac arrest. The four Assembly seats fell vacant owing to different reasons.
The TDP has fielded YSR Congress Party Chief Jaganmohan Reddy's nephew Brahmananda Reddy, while the YSRCP has put up former minister Silpa Chandra Mohan Reddy, who lost the seat as a TDP nominee in 2014.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is contesting from the Panaji constituency against Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi's confidante Girish Chodankar. In the Valpoi contest, Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane is in the dispute against Roy Naik, the son of former state Home minister Ravi Naik, of the Congress.