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Highlights: Over 50% in polling in second phase of UP civic polls

Polling was held in 25 districts, six municipal corporations and 189 urban local bodies. Here are the highlights.

lucknow Updated: Nov 26, 2017 21:11 IST
HT Correspondents
Women of Rabupura show their ink marks after casting vote in the second phase of the Uttar Pradesh civic polls, in Rabupura, India, on Sunday, November 26, 2017.
Women of Rabupura show their ink marks after casting vote in the second phase of the Uttar Pradesh civic polls, in Rabupura, India, on Sunday, November 26, 2017. (Virendra Singh Gosain/ Hindustan Times)

Around 51-52% voting was recorded in the second phase of the Uttar Pradesh civic polls on Sunday amid reports of stray cases of EVM malfunctioning and disputes over names of voters missing from the list.

The second phase for the 2017 Uttar Pradesh civic polls was held in 25 districts. In this round, 24,368 candidates are vying for 3,789 posts in the urban local bodies covering the 25 districts.

Besides Lucknow, the districts going to polls included Varanasi, Muzaffarnagar, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Amroha, Rampur, Pilibhit, Shahjahanpur, Aligarh, Mathura, Mainpuri , Farrukhabad, Etawah, Lalitpur, Banda, Allahabad, , Sultanpur, Ambedkarnagar, Bahraich, Shrawasti, Sant Kabirnagar, Deoria, Ballia and Bhadohi.

The Election Commission arranged for a live webcast of 68 polling centres, and 935 video/still cameras along with 22 handycams were used to keep a watch on polling centres. Polling began at 7:30 am and concluded at 5pm.

In the first phase of elections held on November 22, over 52 per cent voting was recorded. The third and final phase of civic polls covering other 26 districts will be held on November 29.

Here are the highlights from the day:

6.50pm: Pilibhit district recorded the least polling in Rohilkhand region with only 35% voting.

Polling percentage in other parts were:

Mathura - 46.88%

Allahabad - 34.2%

Mainpuri - 58.68%

Gautam Budh Nagar - 61.6%

Varanasi - 44%

6.07pm: According to PTI, the second phase of the polls saw an average voter turnout of over 50% on Sunday. In 2012, the polling percentage in these districts was 43.67%.

6pm: Polling percentage in Lucknow at 5pm—

Nagar Nigam - 34.2%

Town areas- 60.3%

3.58pm: Polling percentage till 3pm—

Dadri - 39804 votes, 49.57%,

Jewer - 13538 votes, 55%

Rabura- 6489 votes, 51.03 %

Jahagirpur - 4832 votes, 56.93%

Bilaspur - 4762 votes, 63%

Dankaur -5940 votes, 55.7%

3:04pm: Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui casts his vote in Muzaffarnagar. His sister-in-law Shana Siddiqui is contesting for the post of chairman of Budhana Nagar Panchayat for the Samajwadi Party.

Nawazuddin Siddiqui waits in line to cast his vote.

2:58pm: Overall polling percentage in Muzaffarnagar at 2pm reaches 43.7 %

2:45pm: Overall polling percent in Allahabad till 2pm 24.23 %

2pm: Over polling percentage in Gautam Buddh Nagar district till 1pm is as follows

Dadri – 31078 votes, 38.7%

Jewer – 10140 votes, 41%

Rabura – 4458 votes, 35.06%

Jahagirpur – 3576 votes, 42.13%

Bilaspur – 3223 votes, 48%

Dankaur – 4799 votes, 45%

1:20pm: Polling percentage in Varanasi by 1pm is 18%

1pm: Polling percentage in Allahabad district reaches 11.74% by noon. In Allahabad Nagar Nigam, it is 9.63%

12:45pm: HT speaks to voters in Lucknow

12:30pm: Mathura records 27 percent polling at noon

11:30am: Allahabad BJP MP Shyama Charan Gupta casts his vote at Jagat Taran College in Allahabad

11:15am: Complaints of names missing from voter list reported from many localities. Among these is that of MLC Yagya Dutt Sharma.

10:50am: Zone wise polling percentage at 10am in Gautam Buddh Nagar district:

Dadri 1 – 11.5%

Dadri 2 – 10%

Dadri 3 – 11.4%.

Dadri 4 – 9.4%

Jewer – 8%

Rabupura – 11%

Jahagirpur – 9.28%

Bilaspur – 12%

Dankaur – 9.5%

10:45am: Polling percentage at 10am in Lucknow:
Nagar Nigam Lucknow - 6.25%

Town areas (all eight) - 10.25%

10:20am: Polling booths at Dadri, Jewar, Rabupura. Jahagirpur, Bilaspur and Dankaur in Greater Noida moves along at a slow pace

10:08am: Union home minister Rajnath Singh casts his vote at a municipal school in Lucknow

10am: UP minister Neelkanth Tiwari casts his vote in Varanasi

9:53am: For the first time, two teams for drone coverage of civic election process deployed in Allahabad

9:37am: Polling stops at Rani Laxshmi Bai school in Indira Nagar as EVM develops technical snag. Two EVMs at another polling centre also develop a glitch

9:20am: UP deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya casts his vote in Allahabad. Maurya is accompanied by his wife Rajkumari Devi

9:12am: A newly wed, Sheetal Sagar, arrives in her bridal attire in Modi Nagar to cast her vote before leaving for her husband’s house at Sultanpuri in Delhi

9:10am: Sub urban areas of Mathura see a better turn out in the morning. Mathura is the parliamentary constituency of BJP’s Hema Malini

9:01am: Ghaziabad mayor candidate Asha Sharma of BJP casts her vote

8:55am: EVM machines also reported out of order in ward no. 8 and ward no. 23 in Allahabad. Voters wait for sector magistrates to change the machines

8:52am: EVM glitch interrupts polling at one booth in Lucknow’s Ibrahimpur ward - I

8:42am: Samajwadi party mayor candidate Meera Vardhan cast her vote at Butlar palace polling booth in Lucknow

8:33am: EVM machines go out of order in Khalilabad’s Prathmik Vidhyalaya Barauli in ward 14. People wait as officials replacing the machines.

8:31am: Amroha gets its first votes for the day. People wait in long queues to vote for chairman of five nagar palikas and three nagar panchayats. There are 34 candidates in total.

Over 11,000 security personnel including Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC), Rapid Response Force (RRF), and the CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) have been deployed to carry out free and fair elections in Lucknow.

8:25am: All polling booths have been declared smoking/tobacco free in Varanasi

8:19am: Lucknow district magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma arrives for inspection at Kendriya Vidyalaya Gomti Nagar where polling is taking place

Lucknow district magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma (centre) (Oliver Fredrick/HT Photo)

8:08am: UP minister Mohsin Raza casts his vote in Lucknow

In Nagar Nigams areas which includes 110 wards, polling will be carried out through electronic voting machines while ballot boxes will be used in 96 wards of Nagar Panchayats.

7:50am: People in Mathura line up to vote for their first mayor ever after the city, earlier a Nagar Palika, was declared a Nagar Nigam

7:35am: Voting begins in Lucknow and Varanasi

7:30am: Polling booths open to voters