Lok Sabha by-elections: 19.34 percent polling till 11 am in Rampur and Azamgarh
Lucknow, June 23 (H.S.). Voting is underway from 7 am on Thursday for the by-elections to the Rampur and Azamgarh Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh. On an average, 19.34 per cent voter turnout was recorded for both the seats till 11 am. The voting percentage in Rampur was 18.81 and in Azamgarh was 19.84 percent.
In the first two hours i.e. till 9 am, polling percentage in Rampur and Azamgarh was recorded at 7.86 and 9.21 percent respectively. As of the writing of the news, no untoward incident has been reported from anywhere. Voting for both the seats will be held till 6 pm. A total of 35.45 lakh voters will exercise their franchise in this by-election.
According to the information received from different areas of Rampur and Azamgarh, crowds of voters started gathering at most of the polling stations even before the start of polling.
Elaborate arrangements and tight security arrangements have been made by the Election Commission of India for fair, safe and peaceful voting. Besides the local police, central forces have also been deployed at sensitive booths. The District Magistrates and District Police Chiefs of both the districts have been inspecting the polling stations continuously since morning.
State Chief Electoral Officer Ajay Kumar Shukla said that the voting process is going on peacefully. Two General Observers and two Expenditure Observers have been deployed to monitor the polling stations. Apart from these, 291 Sector Magistrates, 40 Zonal Magistrates, 10 Static Magistrates and 433 Micro Supervisors have also been deployed.
Shukla said that in view of the corona infection, all security arrangements have been made at the polling stations under the Kovid protocol. A total of 4234 polling places and 2272 polling stations have been set up in the by-elections. He said that for fair voting arrangements have been made for live webcasting at more than 75 percent polling places.
The Chief Electoral Officer said that a total of six candidates are in the fray for Rampur Lok Sabha seat and 13 candidates including a woman in Azamgarh.
It is worth mentioning that SP chief Akhilesh Yadav from Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat and Mohd of SP from Rampur seat. After the resignation of Azam Khan, by-elections are being held for both the seats. Both the seats are witnessing a direct fight between BJP and SP candidates. However, in Azamgarh, the BSP has tried its best to make the fight triangular.