POLLING FOR seven nagar panchayats concluded peacefully here on Friday with about 78 per cent voters exercising their franchise. With this the fate of 37 contestants for the post of chairman of nagar panchayat and 321 aspirants for member nagar panchayat were sealed.
Foolproof security arrangements had been made at all the seven nagar panchayats. Extra security was deployed at 34 polling booths identified as sensitive and hypersensitive. Long queues were seen outside all polling stations in different nagar panchayats. In Gosainganj, Amethi and Nagram nagar panchayat areas about 50 per cent voters had cast their votes within the first two hours of the polling.
In Kakori and Malihabad, Muslim voters turned out in huge numbers to cast their votes. In Kakori 72 per cent, Malihabad 80 per cent, Mahona 82 per cent, Itaunja 81 per cent, Gosainganj 83 per cent, Nagram 48 per cent and Amethi 74 per cent people cast their vote.
It was 11.20 am and the scene at Nagram school booth reflected voters’ enthusiasm. Of the total 1100 votes, 480 persons had stamped the ballots by then, while 80 women and 110 men were waiting for their turn. A blind villager of Nagram, Mansoor, also turned up to vote. Mansoor said he never missed casting his vote for the past 40 years.
Among the voters was Prashant, who looked very much a minor. But Prashant claimed he was 19 and had the right to vote. None of the polling agents challenged his right to vote. The same eagerness to cast votes was witnessed at a primary school booth in Amethi. Around 12.20 pm about 120 women and 150 men were standing in the queue. There was no electricity supply in the school and the presiding officer at the booth was carrying out polling in petromax light.
The otherwise smooth polling was disturbed when the brother of a candidate suddenly fainted. When neither the policemen nor the villagers attended to the man, the polling staff got four persons to take him to a doctor.