Polling ends in Delhi

May 7th, 2009 - 6:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata Party New Delhi, May 7 (IANS) Polling for the seven Lok Sabha seats of the national capital ended at 5 p.m. after 10 hours of balloting.
“By 5 p.m. the main entrances of the polling stations were closed. However, those in the queue are allowed to vote. Overall, the polling in Delhi was peaceful and we have not received any report of violence as such,” Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer Satbir Silas Bedi told IANS.

About 11.09 million people - nearly four million of them in the age group of 18-29 - were eligible to vote at 11,348 polling booths in the capital.

Nearly 40 percent voter turnout was recorded till 3 p.m.

The constituencies are Chandni Chowk, Northeast Delhi, East Delhi, New Delhi, Northwest Delhi, West Delhi and South Delhi.

A total of 160 candidates were in the fray this time, compared to 129 in the 2004 elections. The contest is mainly between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

More than 73,000 officials conducted the voting. Nearly 56,000 police personnel were deployed across the capital.

A total of 193 polling booths were identified as sensitive and 32 as hyper-sensitive. The counting of votes would take place May 16.

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