Voting picks up in UP seventh phase poll (Second Lead)March 3rd, 2012 - 1:32 pm ICT by IANS
Lucknow, March 3 (IANS) Polling was underway at a brisk pace in the 60 assembly seats across 10 districts of Uttar Pradesh that went to polls Saturday. Around 25 percent ballotting was recorded till noon.
Election officials told IANS they expected the polling to touch “impressive figures as in the last six phases of polling in the state”.
Among the high voting areas Moradabad had polled 25 percent, Rampur 23 percent, Pilibhit 26 percent and Lakhimpur 24 percent.
In poll-related events, two polling officers died following heart attacks while 17 women constables going for polling duty were injured in an accident.
As many as 17 women constables headed for polling duty were injured Saturday in Moradabad when a mini-bus carrying them overturned.
Deputy Inspector General of Police (Moradabad) Amitabh Yash told IANS that while 14 women were discharged after first aid, three women constables had “slightly serious injuries”.
The returning officers at two booths — one each in Bijnor and Moradabad — died following heart attack late Friday night.
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Umesh Sinha said that following the deaths, alternate arrangements were made at both the booths so that the voting process was not hampered.
The electorate numbering 18,227,281 — men 10,024,588, women 8,201,987 and others 706 — will decide the fate of 962 candidates, including 100 women candidates.
The political parties contesting in this phase include Bahujan Samaj Party, Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress, Nationalist Congress Party and Samajwadi Party.
The number of EVMs being used in this phase is 48,533, while the total number of polling stations is 18,957.
The assembly constituencies with maximum number of candidates are Bithari Chainpur and Bareilly Cantt, both in Bareilly district, with 27 in the fray while Gunnaur (Badaun) with seven candidates is the constituency with the least number of candidates.
Votes for the 403 assembly constituencies in the state will be counted March 6.
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