ALSO READBypolls a rehearsal; ensure all 80 in 2019: Adityanath in Gorakhpur UP Lok Sabha bypolls likely in March Gorakhpur riots: Petition against Yogi Adityanath dismissed Campaign ends tomorrow for Gorakhpur, Phulpur bypolls UP: Nominations of 13 candidates for Gorakhpur, Phoolpur LS bypolls rejected
Prior to Yogi Adityanath, the seat was thrice represented in Parliament by his mentor Yogi Avaidyanath. Phulpur, once the bastion of the Congress and represented by India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru, witnessed a saffron surge in the 2014 Lok Sabha election, when Maurya won the seat. Adityanath has termed the bye-elections a rehearsal for the 2019 Lok Sabha election. The office of the UP chief electoral officer in a statement issued here today said that voting will begin at 7.00 am and continue till 5.00 pm. In Gorakhpur parliamentary constituency, there are 970 polling centres and 2,141 polling booths. Similarly, in Phulpur, there are 793 polling centres and 2,059 polling booths. According to the Election Commission, there 19.61 lakh voters in Phulpur parliamentary constituency, while there are 19.49 lakh voters in Gorakhpur. In the bypolls, as many as 4,728 VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines will also be used. VVPAT machines are used during election process to verify that the vote polled by a voter has gone to the candidate. Steps have been taken for webcasting from 95 critical booths.