#UPpolls2017 Phase 1: Final turnout 63% cast vote in the state

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Lucknow, February 11: 63% voters cast their votes on Saturday in 73 assembly segments in the first phase of UP elections in western Uttar Pradesh.

Polling was more or less peaceful across the 15 districts with some sporadic incidents of violence reported at some places, while at quite a few places, voting was delayed for initial 1 hour due to malfunctioning EVMs in polling booths across Noida, Baghpat, Hathras and Mathura.

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The highest turnout was seen in Aligarh (55.85 per cent), Mathura (55.42 per cent), Etah (55.01 per cent) and Meerut (55 per cent), followed by Bulandshahr (64.04 per cent), Baghpat and Muzaffarnagar (both 54 percent). All had overtaken Taj city Agra which had initially led the turnout figures in the first few hours after polling began at 7 p.m. but only registered 51.74 per cent by 3 p.m.

Hathras recorded 50 per cent, Shamli 62 and Kasganj 51.17 per cent, while Noida and Ghaziabad adjoining the national capital recorded 60 per cent and 50.42 per cent respectively.

The least turnout was witnessed in Firozabad – 40.80 per cent by 3 p.m.

Sporadic incidents of poll violence were reported from some places. Clashes between activists of the ruling Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party were reported from two places.

The largest constituency in this phase, as per population, is Sahibabad in Ghaziabad and the smallest is Jalesar in Etah.

There are 26,822 polling centres for over two crore voters in this phase of polling, for which 839 candidates, including Pankaj Singh, the son of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, were in the fray.

A couple of hours after reports of lower turnout for the first phase of UP election in morning, voting picked up soon.Till 11 am 24 % voting was recorded, while the turnout was around 40 % at 1 PM.

As per ANI, 29% voting was held in Shamli till 11 am whih is an impressive mark showing voters’ participation. Kasganj witnessed 13 per cent polling in the first two hours, Muzaffarnagar 15, Meerut 10, Mathura 11, Noida seven and Greater Noida nine per cent. 

Bright sunshine helped voter turnout to improve at many places, especially in the minority-dominated areas.

Long queues were seen in places like Mathura, Agra, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut (City), Sardhana, Shamli and Noida.

The largest constituency in this phase, as per population, is Sahibabad in Ghaziabad and the smallest is Jalesar in Etah.

Prominent faces who cast their votes earlier included Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh who cast his vote in Sahibabad, Shrikant Sharma of BJP and Congress’s Pradip Mathur in Mathura, Sangeet Som in Sardhana and Suresh Rana in Shamli.

Voting started at a slow pace in the 73 assembly constituencies in western Uttar Pradesh on Saturday morning. The turnout in the first hour was poor with mostly youngsters were seen casting their ballots.

At the same time, there were determined senior and differently abled voters who were out to vote in the morning.

In Bhaghpat, EC officials gave rose to encourage women voters to cast their votes.

The maximum number of 26 candidates are contesting from Agra South, while there are six each from Hastinapur, Iglas and Loni.

Amid heightened fears of poll violence, heavy security deployment was made in sensitive areas — Shamli, Aligarh, Muzaffarnagar, Mathura, Bulandshahr and Agra. In all, 826 companies of central forces were stationed for the first phase of polling.

In the 2012 assembly polls, of the 73 seats — Samajwadi Party had won 24 seats, Bahujan Samaj Party 23, BJP 12, Rashtriya Lok Dal nine and Congress five seats.

In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had won all the 12 seats here.

There are 2.59 crore voters who are exercising their franchise on Saturday of which 1.42 crore are men, 1.17 crore women and 1,511 from the third gender.

Wefornews Bureau

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