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Lok Sabha election 2019: Meet Rijwan Alam, Ranchi’s first voter for past 3 polls

Ranchi is among the four parliamentary constituencies in Jharkhand, which are polling in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha election 2019 on Monday.

lok sabha elections Updated: May 06, 2019 12:06 IST
Sanjoy Dey
Sanjoy Dey
Hindustan Times, Ranchi
2019 election,Lok Sabha election 2019,Elections 2019
Ranchi DC Rai Mahimapat Ray taking selfie with Rijwan Alam(HT Photo)

Like every other election year, Rijwan Alam woke up at 4am on Monday and walked two kilometres to reach a polling booth in Jharkhand’s capital Ranchi to cast his vote in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha election.

Thirty-six-year-old Alam became the first elector in Ranchi to cast his vote as he queued up at the booth at 5am. This was the third time when Alam was the first person to vote at polling booth number 287 in St Francis School in Harmu area.

“I got the first voter’s certificate for the third time,” Alam, a tailor, said.

“Exercising my franchise is very important for me as it directly connects me with the nation’s building. Whatever government comes, it only because of we people. So, everyone should come out of their house and cast their vote,” the resident of Imli Chowk in Harmu said.

Alam, however, was upset as his wife, Mumtaz Begum, could not be the first voter at her booth this time. “She was a little bit late due to some domestic work. So, she missed the chance.”

Ranchi is among the four parliamentary constituencies in Jharkhand, which are polling in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha election 2019 on Monday. More than 19.10 lakh voters from the Ranchi parliamentary constituency are expected to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 20 candidates in the fray.

“A man liked Alam is an example for the society, who encourages people to use their democratic rights. We should appreciate it,” Ranchi’s deputy commissioner (DC) Rai Mahimapat Ray said as he requested Alam to click a selfie.

The constituency registered 15.69% till 9am on Monday.

The rest of the seven seats will vote in the sixth and the seventh phases of the Lok Sabha election. The votes will be counted on May 23.

First Published: May 06, 2019 11:11 IST

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