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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Polling over in Maharashtra, some snags reported

The six constituencies in Mumbai that are known for the low turnout registered an encouraging a 55.11% polling against 51.59% in 2014, said state election authorities.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Apr 30, 2019 07:23 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai
According to Election Commission officials, queues at polling stations were getting longer because of the introduction of the VVPAT machines this time as each voter had to wait for 7 seconds extra to verify the vote he/she had cast.
According to Election Commission officials, queues at polling stations were getting longer because of the introduction of the VVPAT machines this time as each voter had to wait for 7 seconds extra to verify the vote he/she had cast. (Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
         

The 17 constituencies in Maharashtra that went to the polls on Monday recorded a 55.86% turnout. With this, all the 48 seats of Maharashtra have completed polling in the ongoing general elections for the 17th Lok Sabha.

Ten of these seats are from the Mumbai Metropolitan Region. The remaining are from north and western Maharashtra. One of the 17 constituencies, Nandurbar comprises 70% tribal voters.

The six constituencies in Mumbai that are known for the low turnout registered an encouraging a 55.11% polling against 51.59% in 2014, said state election authorities.

At a few constituencies, electronic voting machines and Voter-Verified Paper Audit trail (VVPATs) developed snags and their replacements delayed the commencement of the voting. “There were some incidents of technical snags in morning, but they were replaced promptly and the voting took place flawlessly in all the polling stations,” said Dilip Shinde, additional chief electoral officer of Maharashtra.

According to Election Commission officials, queues at polling stations were getting longer because of the introduction of the VVPAT machines this time as each voter had to wait for 7 seconds extra to verify the vote he/she had cast. At some places, confusion persisted among voters over carrying mobile phones inside the polling station. The EC had announced a ban on the use of the mobile phones inside polling booths.

“Police personnel warned the voters to not carry the phones. Many voters had to return home to keep their phones. Many of them would not have returned to cast vote, I think. To avoid the inconvenience we arranged to announce it from the masjid appealing voters to not carry mobiles while stepping out for voting,” said Mansoor Ali, a social worker in Chitah Camp, Chembur.

Filmstars such as Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Ajay Devgn,Priyanka Chopra, Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar cast their votes at various polling booths in Juhu, Andheri and Bandra West.

Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar cast his vote with son-in-law Sadanand Sule and granddaughter Revati at a Tardeo polling staion in South Mumbai.

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray cast his vote at a Dadar school in Central Mumbai by standing in queue for more than an hour.

Bollywood celebrities appealed voters to step out of the home and vote for the healthy democracy.