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UP Elections 2017: Jewar witnesses 66% voter turnout

noida Updated: Mar 10, 2017 11:53 IST
Vaibhav Jha
UP elections

Voters at the Janta Inter College polling booth in Jewar constituency.(Sunil Ghosh/HT)

According to the Election Commission, Jewar constituency had a voter turnout of 66.33% of the 3,22,448 voters. Jewar witnessed the highest voter turnout among the three constituencies of Gautam Budh Nagar.

Voting started in the 201 polling booths in the constituency at a slow pace on Saturday morning with 8% turnout by 9am and 19% turnout at 11am. However, by 3pm, the voter turnout increased to 51% and it went up to 66.33% by the end.

In the first phase of elections, 79 constituencies are going to polls.

Scores of men and women were seen queuing at the polling booths from early morning. Jewar is one of the three constituencies of Gautam Budh Nagar, besides Dadri and Noida.

“I am the first person from my village to cast my vote. I was standing outside the polling booth since 6am. I believe that in a democracy, exercising ones’ vote is the biggest right and duty,” Sanjiv Singh of Jewar village said.

At Nangla Karauli village in Jewar, villagers were seen encouraging others to cast their vote. Sixty-two-year-old Namdeo, a resident of the village, was serving tea to each voter. A total of 600 voters is registered in the village.

“Many labourers were heading towards brick kilns of Rabupura for their morning (work) shift. But, I insisted that they first exercise their voting rights and then head for work,” Namdeo said.

At Rabupura, Muslim voters were being wooed by the SP-Congress alliance, Bharatiya Janata Party and Bahujan Samaj Party. The sitting MLA Ved Ram Bhati, of BSP, has a stronghold among Muslim voters, but Thakur Dhirendra Singh, a veteran of Congress leader who recently switched to BJP, also has a following. As Muslims form a sizable population of the constituency, it is expected to be a close contest among the three major contenders.

It is also believed that collective voting by Muslim families resulted in an increased voter turnout

No untoward incident or violence was reported by the security staff and election commission officials. A few people complained that their names were missing from the electoral list but this was denied by the static magistrate of Parsaul village.

“The election was conducted in a free and fair manner and no complaints have been registered,” CK Sharma, static magistrate, Kisan Inter College polling booth, Parsaul village, Jewar.