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Bawana bypoll: Voting at slow pace in Delhi; 5 per cent votes cast in 1st hour

PTI
Published : Aug 23, 2017, 11:59 am IST
Updated : Aug 23, 2017, 11:59 am IST

Voting began at 8 AM for the election, in which the BJP, the AAP and the Congress are locked in a triangular contest. 

People arrive at polling booths to vote in Bawana assembly byelection. (Photo: ANI)
 People arrive at polling booths to vote in Bawana assembly byelection. (Photo: ANI)

New Delhi: Polling for the high-stakes Bawana bypoll in Delhi began at a slow pace, with a little over 5 per cent votes being cast in the first hour. 

Voting began at 8 AM for the election, in which the BJP, the AAP and the Congress are locked in a triangular contest. 

"EVM issues were faced at a couple of booths in the morning, but they were all fixed. Voting is going smoothly and about 5 per cent votes have been cast till 9 AM," a senior polling official said. 

Over 2.94 lakh electors are eligible to exercise their franchise in the bypoll in which EVMs equipped with Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) are being used at all polling stations. 

The Assembly seat that falls in the north-west Delhi area is reserved for the SC category. 

Eight candidates are in the fray in the election that is being carried out through 379 polling stations. The counting will take place on August 28. 

All three major parties are eyeing a victory in the bypoll, being seen as the barometer of their political influence. 

The number of male, female and third gender electors are 1,64,114; 1,30,143; and 25, respectively. The average number of voters per polling station stands at 776. 

Out of 379 polling stations in the constituency, 311 have less than 1,000 registered electors, while 68 have more than 1,000 registered electors, it said. 

The overall polling percentage for Delhi in Assembly elections in 2013 and 2015, was 65.63 per cent and 67.12 per cent respectively. The corresponding polling percentage in Bawana constituency had stood at 61.14 and 61.83 per cent respectively.

Tags: bawana bypoll, assembly bypolls, evm, vvpat
Location: India, Delhi, New Delhi