Lucknow,Apr 10 UNI | 4 months ago

Uttar Pradesh witnessed around 14 per cent increase in the voting percentage as compared to 2009 elections in 10 seats where polling was held in the first phase today.

An estimated 64.95 per cent voters have exercised their franchise in first phase of polling in 10 Lok Sabha seats in communal sensitive western parts of the state whereas in 2009 election only 51 per cent of the voters used their franchise. In 2012 assembly polls the voting percent in these constituencies
were 61.69.

State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Umesh Sinha told reporters here tonight that the polling was totally peaceful and 1.12 crore voters out of the total 1.74 crore have voted in 16913 polling booths in which 3656 booths were sensitive. He said that the polling percentage could increase further after checking all the EVMs by tomorrow morning.

EC also received 13 complaints during the polling in which 9 were made in writing and remaining four by phone.Most of the complaints were about faulty electoral rolls, EVMs or slow work by the polling personnel.All were checked and most were found fake.

Voters boycotted the polls in four polling booths which included three booths in Aligarh constituency and one booth in Saharanpur seat. A total of 53 complaints were also received for faulty EVMs. Sinha said Saharanpur seat recorded the highest 73.43 per cent polling followed by 69.40 per cent in Kairana, 68.27 per cent in Muzaffarnagar, 66.05 per cent in Bijnore, 63.80 per cent in Meerut,67.20 per cent in Baghpat, 60 per cent in Ghaziabad,62.67 per cent in Gautam Buddha Nagar, 57.10 per cent in Bullandshahr and 61.60 per cent in Aligarh. Baghpat seat witnessed a record increase of 19 per cent voting in comparison to 2009 elections while in remaining seats the increase was between 11 to 15 per cent.

The second phase polling in 11 seats of UP will be held on April 17.

(Posted on 10-04-2014)