UP Assembly Elections 2017: On Saturday, the first of the seven phases of the Assembly elections were kick started in Uttar Pradesh. Around 2.6 crore voters will cast their votes this year. Over 26, 823 polling booths were established around 73 constituencies for the first phase of elections. A total of 839 candidates were competing in the assembly elections from various political parties for 403 Assembly seats.
The voting has been started early morning and till 9 AM, 10.56 percent voting was noted. As the first phase of UP elections is going on, we are here to bring before you the live updates from the polling stations.
UP Assembly Elections 2017 Phase 1 Live updates:
Police have detained Gagan So, the brother of BJP candidate Sangeet Som as he is carrying a pistol inside the polling booth. In the first two hours, about 10% of the voters turned up at the polling booths to exercise their vote. The voting has slowly picked up with time.
By 9 AM, 10.5% voting was noted in Aligarh and 12% voting was noted in Bulandshahr while 15% voting noted in Muzaffarnagar. The first phase of UP elections seems to be slow-moving.
UP First Phase Assembly Elections Live Updates 10.56 Percent Voting Noted till 9 AM
BJP leader Sangeet Som has exercised his vote successfully. BJP Mathura candidate Shrikant Sharma also cast his vote. The EC has made extra efforts to carry the elections in a calm and cool mode and it seems like it has been successful in its efforts at least for now.
Similar to Goa and Punjab elections where BJP candidates cast their votes early in the day, UP BJP candidates also walked in the same line and cast their votes early.
Polling has been delayed in few booths due to defective ATMs. Nevertheless, the situation has been handled quickly as EC has taken every measure to address the issues immediately. Polling delayed in booth No. 42 in Mathura’s Govardhan and in booth No. 119 and 120 in Baghpat as EVMs did not work.
The elections were being held amidst tight security in all the 27, 000 polling booths across 73 constituencies.