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63.31 voting in the first phase of Gujarat elections, the figure is less than last time

Gujarat Election 2022: In the first phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections, 63.31 percent polling was recorded in 19 districts of Saurashtra-Kutch and 89 seats in the southern regions of the state. The Election Commission gave this information while releasing the final figures on Friday. According to the data, in the 2017 assembly elections, 66.75 per cent polling was recorded in these 89 constituencies in the first phase.

Voting for the first phase was held on Thursday (December 1) and with this the fate of 788 candidates has been sealed in the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM). According to the Election Commission, Dediapada in Narmada district recorded the highest polling of 82.71 percent, followed by Kaprada in Valsad district at 79.57 percent. Gandhidham in Kutch district recorded the lowest voter turnout of 47.86 per cent. In the first phase, more than 70 percent polling was recorded in 14 constituencies.

where was the highest turnout

The Election Commission said that according to district-wise data, the highest average voter turnout of 78.24 percent was recorded in tribal-dominated Narmada district. Whereas in Tapi district, 76.91 percent, in Navsari the average polling was 71.06 percent. The commission said that the lowest average voter turnout of 57.58 per cent was recorded in Botad district, 57.59 per cent in Amerli, 62.27 per cent in Surat and 60.45 per cent in Rajkot.

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Special campaign launched for exercise of franchise

To encourage voters to exercise their franchise in large numbers, a special campaign was launched by the Chief Electoral Officer (CIO) Bharti office of the state. The total voter turnout in both the phases of the last 2017 election was 68.41 per cent. This time a total of 833 candidates are in the fray for the second phase of elections to be held on December 5. The counting of votes will take place on December 8.

Who got how many seats in 2017 elections

In the 2017 elections, out of these 89 seats, BJP won 48, Congress 40, while one seat was won by an independent (NOTA) candidate. The BJP, which has ruled the state for 27 years, is trying to retain power for the seventh consecutive time. If successful, it will equal the record of the Left Front government winning the West Bengal elections seven times in a row till 2011. Apart from BJP, Congress and AAP, 36 other political parties including Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Samajwadi Party (SP), Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) also fielded their candidates on different seats Huh.

Voters boycotted voting

Voters of three villages boycotted polling in the first phase of elections, including Dharfa village in Jamnagar district, Samot in Narmada district and Kesar village in Bharuch district. In the first phase, 89 ballot units, 82 control units and 238 verifiable paper audit trails (VVPATs) were replaced due to technical glitches. A total of 26,269 ballot units, 25,430 control units and 25,430 VVPATs were used in the first phase.

Malfunction in EVM during polling

The commission said that a total of 104 complaints were received during the polling, including six EVM malfunctions, two bogus voting, 30 law and order violations, 36 model code of conduct violations and 30 complaints of slow voting, bogus voting and disruption of power supply.

The Commission said that the voters of Dharfa village were angry over not having separate polling booths for men and women. He told that the people of Kesar village boycotted the polling due to lack of basic facilities. A total of 1,625 voters of Samot village under Dediapada in Narmada district boycotted the polls on the issue of regularization of agricultural land in the village.

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