For the first time, election authorities had placed minimal restrictions on the public on polling day on Wednesday.
As HT toured various urban and rural localities of the district on Wednesday, there was hardly any barricading of roads leading to polling booths.
Residents were allowed to park their vehicles outside the booths, but the armed forces maintained strict vigil on those entering the booths.
Ample security arrangements were in place to maintain law and order.
Even journalists covering the polling day were allowed to travel without special vehicle passes. Cards issued by the Election Commission of India were authorised. Voters welcomed the step as zero restriction encouraged them to go out to vote.
Vivek Chauhan, a resident of Sector 9 here, said, “Unnecessary restrictions on vehicular movement were irritating to the public. But the new provisions encourage residents to vote.”