Final poll percentage likely to be released today
Polling for the Lok Sabha election in the five constituencies in Uttarakhand was held peacefully on Thursday. However, the voter turnout this time was low compared to the previous parliamentary elections with a tentative poll percentage of 57.85 per cent being recorded till 5 PM as compared to 62.15 per cent in 2014 Lok Sabha election. According to the officials, the poll percentage may rise to about 58 per cent or more though the final figure is likely to be released on Friday.
According to the data available till the time of this report being filed, the poll percentage in Nainital-Udham Singh Nagar constituency was highest at 66.39 per cent followed by Haridwar constituency where it was 66.24 per cent. The poll percentage in Tehri constituency was 54.38 per cent while in the Garhwal constituency it was recorded at 49.89 per cent. The poll percentage was lowest in Almora-Pithoragarh constituency at 48.78 per cent. The poll percentage was low in all the constituencies as compared to the 2014 general elections wherein it was 57.50 per cent in Tehri, 55.03 per cent in Garhwal, 53.22 per cent in Almora-Pithoragarh, 68.69 per cent in Nainital-Udham Singh Nagar and 71.63 per cent in Haridwar.
Held for five parliamentary constituencies across 13 districts, the polling was conducted in 11,229 polling stations for a total of 7,856,268 voters. A total of 67,380 polling personnel, 45,696 police personnel, 800 micro observers, 2,900 Android phones and 519 video cameras were used for conduct of the polling. A total of 11,229 electronic voting machines and an equal number of voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines were used for the purpose. There were reports of locals boycotting polls in different parts of the state on issues including demand for construction of road to redressal of pending issues. Though there was no major untoward incident during the polling, one home guard from Uttar Pradesh, Dharmpal Singh was reported to have died due to natural reason (heart attack).
Friday, 12 April 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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