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Brisk voting, peaceful polls

india Updated: Nov 08, 2009 02:10 IST

Barring a few violent incidents, Saturday’s bypolls to the Firozabad Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh and 31 assembly seats spread over seven states, were peaceful.

In most of the constituencies, the seats were vacated after the sitting MLAs won in the Lok Sabha polls held in May.
Counting will take place on November 10. In UP, around 49.37 per cent of the electorate voted in the 11 assembly seats and 53.5 per cent in Firozabad, where Congress’s Raj Babbar was pitted against Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s daughter-in- law Dimple.

Chief electoral officer Umesh Sinha said the highest turnout was in Lalitpur (60 per cent) and the lowest in Lucknow (West), with just 28 per cent.

West Bengal
Kolkata
: The total voter turnout in the state’s 10 assembly seats was around 70 per cent. Bengal’s chief election commissioner Debasish Sen said the least number of voters turned out in Kolkata’s Alipore constituency (45 per cent). “Contai (South) in southwest Bengal recorded the highest polling at 89 per cent.”

Himachal Pradesh
Shimla
: The Rohru assembly constituency witnessed 68-70 per cent polling, while 72 per cent voters turned out in Jwali, state electoral officer Anil Khachi said.
Steel Minister Virbhadra Singh vacated the Rohru seat, when he was elected to the Lok Sabha from Mandi.

Kerala
Thiruvananthapuram: Braving heavy rains, voters turned out in large numbers to exercise their franchise in Kannur, Ernakulam and Alapuzha constituencies.
Kannur recorded the highest voting (78 per cent) followed by Alapuzha (71 per cent) and Ernakulam (63 per cent).

Assam
Guwahati: The Election Commission’s office said that the voting percentage was almost 75 percent in South Salmara and 66 per cent in Dhekiajuli.

Rajasthan
Jaipur: In the state’s Todabhim and Salumber assembly constituencies, reserved for Scheduled Tribe candidates, the turnout was around 50 per cent.

Chhattisgarh
Raipur: More than 57 per cent of the two lakh voters in Chhattisgarh’s Vaishalinagar constituency turned out to vote.