The Noida constituency recorded a 49% voter turnout, the lowest among the three segments of Gautam Budh Nagar.
The voter turnout increased rapidly in the morning hours from 7% at 9am to 18% at 11am, and then 30% at 1pm. However, the turnout only improved slightly in the evening, as a 43% turnout was recorded at 3pm and then 49.2%, at the end.
In Jewar and Dadri, the voter turnout was 66% and 61%, respectively. Across 110 polling booths in Noida, a thin attendance of voters was witnessed.
The constituency has 5, 23,559 voters — 3, 01,189 men, 2, 22,320 women and 50 transgenders.
Most of the voters in the early hours were senior citizens, and youngsters aged 21-25. “For an elderly person, standing in a long queue becomes difficult. Early morning, there is a low turnout of voters and it is easier to vote. I came at 8am and there were three people inside the polling booth,” Purshotam Singh, a voter at Sector 22, said.
Besides the voters, the candidates also remained around the booths. The candidates from Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) came to the polling stations along with their families. Though children are not allowed to vote, their excitement and fervour were palpable.
SP candidate Sunil Choudhary visited the polling booth with his family in Sector 19.
Pankaj Singh, the BJP candidate from Noida, started visiting polling booths from early morning despite not being a voter. He also interacted with the public and asked them about their problems.
“I am visiting polling stations to ensure that people are not facing any difficulty,” Pankaj Singh said.
Singh also accompanied Noida MP and union minister for culture Mahesh Sharma and his family to the polling booth in Sector 15-A.
Bigg Boss season 10 winner Manveer Gurjar was also seen queueing up at the Aghapur village polling booth in Sector 49. Those standing in line were clicking selfies with the TV show winner.
No violence was reported, but some voters, at polling booths in sectors 12, 22 and 39, could not find their name on the list. Few cases were solved by booth level officers, while others remained unsolved and people had to return without voting.
“This is the second time I am voting. I voted during the parliamentary elections but today, they couldn’t find my name on the list. Every time, many face such problems but there is hardly any redressal measures,” 25-year-old Maneesh Kumar, a voter at the Sector 39 polling station, said.
Outside the polling stations, voters were mainly discussing the development and security in the state.
“Development, as well as safety, are important in a satellite city such as Noida. People don’t see their interests are being served. We want to live in a peaceful place,” Shikha Mitra, a voter at Sector-15A polling station, said.
A differently abled couple — 45-year-old Munesh and 50-year-old Rajveer — said they are hoping for a change in their life, as they have never received the welfare money disbursed by the government. They were voting at the Sector 22 polling booth.