Provisional figures indicated that Ghaziabad district registered a turnout of 57.2% during the first phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly polls on Saturday, registering a marginal decline from the actual polling of 57.7% in 2012.
Ghaziabad constituency registered 54.11% (provisional) a negligible increase from 54.08 % in 2012.
Sahibabad recorded an increase from 49.31% in 2012 to 50.10% (provisional) on
Officials expect the final figure to increase by 2% when more numbers are confirmed by late night.
“It has been a regular feature that voters in rural segments come out and vote in large numbers. After the provisional figures, we are also expecting an increase of another 2% in the final figures which will arrive by late Saturday night. All electronic voting machines will now be deposited at a central place and secured,” Nidhi Kesarwani, district election officer,
The biggest Sahibabad assembly segment bettered its 2012 turnout when the polling percentage stood at 49.31%. This time, the segment that has more than 8.65 lakh voters record 51.10% turnout.
“This time, RWAs made special efforts with awareness campaigns initiated by the district administration. In high-rises, we deputed four volunteers who went door-to-door and urged residents to vote. Vehicles were arranged for senior citizens and elderly women to go and vote,” Alok Kumar, patron, federation of apartment owners’ association, Indirapuram, said.
In comparison to Ghaziabad and Sahibabad, the other rural and semi-urban segments of Loni, Murad Nagar, Modi Nagar and Dhaulana (part) registered a high provisional polling percentage of 60.22%, 61.26%, 66.07% and 64.24% till 10pm on Saturday. The voters here came out in large numbers and queued up from the morning.
“Rural and semi-urban voters often face neglect from politicians and get chance to have their say during elections. Local politics, caste, candidate and party politics are prime considerations here to vote. So, they generally move out to vote,” Arun Tyagi from Niwari, Modi Nagar, said.
The Ghaziabad district has a total voter base of more than 26.02 lakh people and a provision of 2,494 polling booths. Several people, however, could not cast their vote as they arrived at booths after 5pm.
“I went to the vegetable market early morning for work and slept after I came back home. Then I had my lunch and by the time I arrived, it was already past 5pm. So I could not vote,” Sanjay Kumar said at
Seth Mukund Lal College in Ghaziabad.