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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Ghaziabad registers lowest voter turnout among 8 western UP constituencies in phase 1

According to data from the Ghaziabad district administration, polling began on a low note and stood at 11.5% at 9am on Thursday. During the successive two-hour intervals, the polling rose to 23.5%, 35.78%, and 47.48%, and stood at 53.64% till 5pm.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 12, 2019 14:07 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
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Ghaziabad parliamentary constituency registered the lowest voter turnout among the eight Lok Sabha constituencies that voted in the first phase of general elections on April 11, 2019. (Sakib Ali / HT Photo )

At the end of the polling on Thursday in the first phase of the general elections, the Ghaziabad parliamentary constituency witnessed an estimated 57.6% voter turnout, according to district administration officials, the lowest of the eight western Uttar Pradesh constituencies which went to the polls in the phase.

The turnout is only marginally higher as compared to the 2014 general elections, which had a 56.94% turnout.

According to data from the Ghaziabad district administration, polling began on a low note and stood at 11.5% at 9am on Thursday. During the successive two-hour intervals, the polling rose to 23.5%, 35.78%, and 47.48%, and stood at 53.64% till 5pm.

“The weather was hot and clear. People initially voted during the morning hours, and by afternoon they kept coming to vote, but in small groups. The polling rate picked up again after 4pm. Some of the booths in rural areas wore a deserted look during the afternoon,” Mohan Sangwan, a social activist from Indirapuram, said.

Saharanpur constituency had the highest turnout in the region, with 70.68% polling.

According to the provisional figures till 5pm, the rural segments of Dhaulana (61.1%) and Muradnagar (53.42%) were the top two segments while the Ghaziabad segment was the only one which secured less than 50% polling in the constituency.

ConstituencySitting MP
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andaman and Nicobar IslandsBishnu Pada Ray, BJP
Andhra Pradesh
ArakuKothapalli Geetha, YSRC
SrikakulamRammohan Naidu Kinjarapu, TDP
VizianagaramPusapati Ashok Gajapati Raju, TDP
VisakhapatnamKambhampati Hari Babu, BJP
AnakapalliMuttamsetti Srinivasa Rao, TDP (Now with YSRCP)
KakinadaThota Narasimham, TDP
AmalapuramPandula Ravindra Babu, TDP (Joined YSRCP in Feb 2019)
RajahmundryMurali Mohan, TDP
NarasapuramGokaraju Gangaraju, BJP
EluruMaganti Venkateswara Rao, TDP
MachilipatnamKonakalla Narayana Rao, TDP
VijayawadaKesineni Srinivas, TDP
GunturJayadev Galla, TDP
NarasaraopetRayapati Sambasiva Rao, TDP
BapatlaMaluadri Sriram, TDP
OngoleYV Subba Reddy, YSRCP
NandyalS P Y Reddy, YSRCP
KurnoolButta Renuka, YSRCP
AnantapurJC Diwakar Reddy, TDP
HindupurKristappa Nimmala, TDP
KadapaAvinash Reddy, YSRCP
NelloreMekapati Rajamohan Reddy, YSRCP
TirupatiVaraprasad Rao Velagapalli, YSRCP
RajampetPV Midhun Reddy, YSRCP
ChittoorNaramalli Sivaprasad, TDP
Arunachal Pradesh
Arunachal Pradesh WestKiren Rijiju, BJP
Arunachal Pradesh EastNinong Ering, Congress
Assam
TezpurRam Prasad Sarmah, BJP
KaliaborGaurav Gogoi, Congress
JorhatKamakhya Prasad Tasa, BJP
DibrugarhRameswar Teli, BJP
LakhimpurPradan Baruah, BJP
Bihar
AurangabadSushil Kumar Singh, BJP
GayaHari Manjhi, BJP
NawadaGiriraj Singh, BJP
JamuiChirag Paswan, LJP
Chhattisgarh
BastarDinesh Kashyap, BJP
Jammu and Kashmir
BaramullaMuzaffar Hussain Baig, PDP
JammuJugal Kishore, BJP
Lakshadweep
LakshadweepMohammed Faizal PP, NCP
Maharashtra
WardhaRamdas Chandrabhanji Tadas, BJP
RamtekKrupal Balaji Tumane, Shiv Sena
NagpurNitin Gadkar, BJP
Bhandara-GondiyaMadhukarrao Yashwantrao Kukde, NCP
Gadchiroli-ChimurAshok Nete, BJP
ChandrapurAhir Hansraj Gangaram, BJP
Yavatmal-WashimGawali Bhavana Pundlikrao, Shiv Sena
ConstituencySitting MP
Manipur
Outer ManipurThangso Baite, Congress
Meghalaya
ShillongVincent H Pala, Congress
TuraVacant, After Congrad Sangma became chief minister
Mizoram
MizoramCL Ruala, Congress
Nagaland
NagalandTokheho Yepthomi, NDPP
Odisha
KalahandiArka Keshari Deo, BJD
NabarangpurBalabhadra Majhi, BJD
BerhampurSidhant Mohapatra, BJP
KoraputJhina Hikaka, BJD
Sikkim
SikkimPrem Nath Rai, SDF
Telangana
AdilabadGodam Nagesh, TRS
PeddapalliBalka Suman, TRS
KarimnagarVinod Kumar Boinapally, TRS
NizamabadKalvakuntla Kavitha, TRS
ZahirabadB.B. Patil, TRS
MedakKalvakuntla Chandrasekhar Rao, TRS
MalkajgiriCh.Malla Reddy, TDP
SecunderabadBandaru Dattatreya, BJP
HyderabadAsaduddin Owaisi, AIMIM
ChevellaKonda Vishweshwar Reddy, TRS (resigned in 2018)
MahbubnagarAP Jithender Reddy, TRS
NagarkurnoolYellaiah Nandi, Congress
NalgondaGutha Sukhender Reddy, Congress
BhongirDr. Boora Narsaiah Goud, TRS
WarangalKadiyam Srihari, TRS
MahabubabadProf. Azmeera Seetaram Naik, TRS
KhammamPonguleti Srinivasa Reddy, YSRCP
Tripura
Tripura WestSankar Prasad Datt, CPI(M)
Uttar Pradesh
SaharanpurRaghav Lakhanpal, BJP
KairanaTabassum Hasan, RLD
MuzaffarnagarSanjeev Kumar Balyan, BJP
BijnorKunwar Bharatendra Singh, BJP
MeerutRajendra Agrawal, BJP
BaghpatSatya Pal Singh, BJP
GhaziabadVK Singh, BJP
GautamBuddhaNagarMahesh Sharma, BJP
Uttarakhand
Tehri GarhwalMala Rajya Laxmi Shah, BJP
GarhwalMaj Gen (Retd) Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri (AVSM), BJP
AlmoraAjay Tamta, BJP
Nainital-Udhamsingh NagarBhagat Singh Koshiyari, BJP
HaridwarRamesh Pokhriyal Nishank, BJP
West Bengal
Cooch BeharPartha Pratim Ray, Trinamool Congress
AlipurduarDasrath Tirkey, Trinamool Congress

Ghaziabad parliamentary constituency had nearly 27,28,084 voters in five segments — Loni, Muradnagar, Sahibabad, Ghaziabad and Dhaulana. The Sahibabad segment is the biggest, with 9,49,322 voters and is a primarily urban segment.

During the 2014 general elections, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate General (retd) VK Singh secured a record win by a margin of 5,67,260 votes. This time, he is pitted against Congress’ Dolly Sharma and Suresh Bansal who is contesting on a Samajwadi Party (SP) ticket with support from alliance partners the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD). The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has extended its support to Bansal.

District officials said there were several complaints from booths in Dhaulana, Sahibabad, Loni and Ghaziabad where polling equipment had to be changed or repaired.

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“We came across cases where people had already cast a vote for somebody and the actual voter could not vote. There was also an instance where only one out of five members of a family could vote. We observed that there were discrepancies in the voters’ list,” Dolly Sharma, Congress candidate, said.

Singh also claimed that he came across similar issues.

“A lot of people have their names in the list, but the word ‘deleted’ is written against their names. What I was told is that in September 2018, officials did a summary revision and somehow ‘deleted’ was written across some names. So, as per the rules, these people could not vote. We request the Election Commission (EC) to do a verification and see if a repoll can be done for these voters,” Gen Singh said.

District election officer Ritu Maheshwari said the district’s provision polling percentage was approximately 58.2%.

“The figure can change a bit and will be finalised by Friday. The figure of 57.6% is for the district. The final calculations are ongoing and could be on the higher side. We came across complaints regarding the electoral rolls and these were resolved. For other issues, we will inquire once we receive complaints. There were issues with EVMs and equipment but they were either repaired or replaced,” she added.

First Published: Apr 12, 2019 11:16 IST