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3:07 am - Tuesday January 23, 2018

Guj polls: Over 45 pc turnout in six hours, Rupani, Patel cast vote

Ahmedabad,

An estimated 45 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the first six hours on
Saturday in the first phase of polling to 89 seats in Gujarat Assembly elections.

As the day progressed, the pace of voting picked up even as in number of pockets Opposition Congress leaders and others protested snags in EVM machines.
Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also exercised his franchise and tweeted, “I have exercised my right to vote.

Have you? Don’t miss it,” he said, urging citizens to exercise their democratic right.
The voting is being held in 19 districts spread across 89 Assembly seats in Kutch, Saurashtra and South Gujarat.The polling began at 0800 hrs and in the first two hours, voter turnout was over 13.3 per cent.

A total of 977 candidates are in fray in the first phase. Prominent candidates include the Chief Minister, who is contesting from Rajkot (West), and Congress’ Shaktisinh Gohil (Mandvi) and Paresh Dhanani (Amreli).

BJP leader and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the turnout is good but due to the use of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in many booths voting is taking place slowly.

Mr Jaitey also said, “Voting trends look fine. We will win by a landslide margin. EVM related issues are questioned in every election. The Election Commission will look into it”.

In many polling booths, elderly citizens turned up on wheel-chairs to exercise their democratic rights.Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel also casts his vote.
“I have cast my vote today. I have voted for change.

Urge all fellow Gujaratis to turn out in large numbers & bring around the change that the entire nation is waiting for,” Mr Patel tweeted. Reports said a bridegroom in Sagrampura, an old colony of Sindhi Muslims in Surat, said he will vote before attending his wedding ceremony.

A total of 977 candidates are in the fray and elections are being held in districts Kutch, Morbi, Jamnagar, Surendranagar, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Rajkot, Botad, Porbandar, Junagadh, Amreli, Gir Somnath, Bhavnagar, Bharuch, Narmada, Surat, Tapi, Navsari, Dang and Valsad.

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