Uttarakhand sees fewer people out for voting

Low voter turnout for all five Lok Sabha seats in in Uttarakhand marked the first phase of 2019 general elections. Compared to the 2014 elections, when over 61% voted, by 5 pm Thursday, the turnout was 57.85% across Haridwar, Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar, Tehri Garhwal, Pauri Garhwal and Almora (SC).

Bharatiya Janata Party repeated three of its five sitting Members of Parliament, including Mala Rajyalaxmi Shah (Tehri Garhwal) and state BJP president Ajay Bhatt from Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar seat.

Congress fielded former chief minister Harish Rawat from Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar seat and Manish Khanduri from Pauri Garhwal seat, among others.

BJP won all five seats in 2014.

“The polling percentage though seems less but we are hoping that the final voting percentage would cross 60%. As far as the arrangements by the EC are concerned, we were happy with that,” said BJP state officiating president Naresh Bansal.

State Congress vice president Suryakant Dhasmana said, “The facilities which were claimed by the Election Commission, were absent in many poling stations which also led to low voting.”

A 40-year-old personnel of Uttar Pradesh (UP) Homeguard died after collapsing during poll duty in Roorkee in Haridwar.j The deceased was identified as Dharampal Singh, a resident of UP’s Lakhimpur Khiri district. He was deployed at Madhopur polling station when he collapsed at around 11am. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead.

First Published:
Apr 11, 2019 23:31 IST

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