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64% Voters cast their vote in the First phase of UP Elections

The polling percentage in the region has bettered the past two elections of 2007 and 2012

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Voters in western UP, (File photo,image source- VOA)

New Delhi/Lucknow, February 11, 2017: The first phase of the UP assembly elections passed off “peacefully” on Saturday with over 64 per cent polling recorded, bettering the record of the past two state polls, the Election Commission said.

“Participation (of voters) has been exemplary,” Deputy Election Commissioner Vijay Dev told reporters in New Delhi.

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Voting continued even after 5 p.m. at some polling stations since voters who had queued up late were allowed to exercise their franchise.

He said the elections spread across 15 districts, 73 assembly constituencies, involved over 2.6 crore voters, 839 candidates, including 73 women candidates.

He said there was no major law and order problem, and EVMs which malfunctioned at few polling booths, were replaced within no time.

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“Elaborate security arrangements were made to ensure free and fair elections,” he said, adding that over two lakh security personnel were deployed at various locations across the 15 districts.

Dev said that nearly three lakh “troublemakers” were bound down.

He said 3,888 cameras were also placed at various locations to keep watch on every activity in poll bound areas.

The Deputy Election Commissioner also said that Rs 19.56 lakh in cash, 4.4 lakh litre of alcohol worth Rs 4.4 lakh and gold and silver worth Rs 14 crore were seized before the elections.

Asked about the call for election boycott at a few places, Dev said that things were sorted out at six out of seven places where poll boycott call was given by the public dissatisfied for various reasons.

He, however, expressed satisfaction on the overall exercise of polling and thanked and congratulated all political parties and general public for their “cooperation”.

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“The first phase (of elections) has set the tone for the next six phases,” he said

The polling percentage in the region has bettered the past two elections of 2007 and 2012, an election official in Lucknow told IANS based on reports gathered from all polling stations. The average polling is over 60 per cent in western UP seats.

According to Chief Electoral Officer of Uttar Pradesh, T. Venkatesh, the total voter turnout was 64.22 per cent with Shamli recording highest 67.12 per cent.

While in Agra, the voter turnout was 63.88 percent, in Aligarh it was 64.66 percent, Muzaffarnagar 65.50 percent, Hapur 65.67 percent, Firozabad 63.59 percent, Mathura 65.39 percent, Noida 59.17 percent, Ghaziabad 58.10 percent, Bulandshahr 64.65 percent, Etah 64.73 percent, Kasganj 64.83 percent, Meerut 66 percent, Hatharas 64.10 percent and Baghpat polled 64.99 percent.

The polling percentage in Mathura improved by eight per cent over the 2012 state assembly elections.

Total vote percentage in the 2007 state assembly polls was 45.96 percent and 59.40 percent in 2012.

At a few places, polling was disrupted or delayed due to technical snags in EVMs, said an official, adding that by and large voting was smooth and steady at most places.

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Sporadic incidents of poll violence were also 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 were 26,822 polling centres in this phase of polling. Among the candidates in the fray was Pankaj Singh, the son of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

The seven-phased elections in Uttar Pradesh are from February 11 to March 8. (IANS)

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The Modi Analysis: CVOTER Claims Most of The People Satisfied With The Prime Minister

The number of those who are not happy with him at all has remained at around 25 per cent mark throughout the month. 

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On April 1, 51.36 per cent of the respondents in a sample of 12,001 said that they were very satisfied with the Prime Minister with his net satisfaction index 49.62 percentage points. Pixabay

Narendra Modi continues to come up to the expectations of voters as there has been no change in the high satisfaction level with Prime Minister in the last one month, according to CVOTER-IANS tracker.

Between April 1 and May 1, an average 50 per cent of the respondents every day said that they were very satisfied with the Prime Minister, who has sustained the momentum in the entire month during which four phases of polling were held deciding the fate of candidates on 374 out of 543 Lok Sabha seats. Big states like Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Assam, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu have already given their verdict.

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Never in the entire month, the number of people most satisfied with him fell before 50 per cent. 
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On April 1, 51.36 per cent of the respondents in a sample of 12,001 said that they were very satisfied with the Prime Minister with his net satisfaction index 49.62 percentage points.

A month later on May 1, 51.93 per cent of the respondents in a sample of 10,868 said they were very satisfied with the Prime Minister. His net satisfaction rating stood at 47.89.

Never in the entire month, the number of people most satisfied with him fell before 50 per cent.

The number of those who are not happy with him at all has remained at around 25 per cent mark throughout the month.

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In states, voters in Haryana (72.40 per cent in a sample of 393), Bihar (69.03 in a sample of 499), Himachal Pradesh (68.89 in a sample of 589) and Gujarat (65.25 in a sample of 410) remained most satisfied with the Prime Minister. Pixabay

On April 1, 24.59 per cent respondents said they were not satisfied with the Prime Minister at all in a sample of 12,001. On May 1, 25.66 per cent respondents said they were not satisfied with the Prime Minister.

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In states, voters in Haryana (72.40 per cent in a sample of 393), Bihar (69.03 in a sample of 499), Himachal Pradesh (68.89 in a sample of 589) and Gujarat (65.25 in a sample of 410) remained most satisfied with the Prime Minister.

The states where voters were least satisfied are Kerala (-10.09 in a sample of 549), Andhra Pradesh (16.17 in a sample of 427) and Punjab (15.50 in a sample of 460). (IANS)