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Rajasthan bypolls peaceful, two out of three LS seats witness 62-65% voting

For the first time, EVMs with photos of candidates were provided to avoid confusion among voters regarding candidates with similar names

IANS  |  Jaipur 

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People show their fingers marked with indelible ink after casting her vote during by-election for parliamentary seat at a village near Ajmer Photo: PTI

Voting in bypolls for and Lok Sabha constituencies and in Rajasthan was held peacefully on Monday, recording polling percentages of 65 per cent, 62 per cent and 80 per cent respectively.

A total of 23 candidates are in the fray in Ajmer, 11 in Alwar, and eight in Mandalgarh.

The ruling and opposition are involved in a direct fight in and In Mandalgarh, BJP's Shakti Singh Hada, Congress' Vivek Dhaka, and independent are in contention.

All three seats were held by the when they fell vacant after the death of sitting lawmakers. MP passed away on August 9 last, while MP died on September 17 last year following a prolonged illness. BJP's Mandalgarh MLA died of swine flu on August 28 last year.

The had deputed 12,000 security men in three constituencies to ensure free and peaceful elections.

Webcasting was organised at 313 polling booths and 476 micro observers were deployed for the by-elections.

A technical error in an Electronic Voting Machine in Kekadi village was reported, due to which voting was stopped for some time.

In Keladi's Manda, villagers boycotted polling to protest inadequate water supply. They also rued that their village roads were in bad condition.

Dense fog in Alwar resulted in a low turnout in the first hour after the beginning of polling, but voting picked up after 9.30 a.m. Voting percentage witnessed further increase afternoon in all three constituencies as voters in large numbers came out to votes.

The results will be declared on February 1.

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A woman shows her finger marked with indelible ink after casting her vote during by-election for parliamentary seat at a village near Ajmer Photo: PTI

According to the Election Commission, 4,194 polling booths were set up in the three constituencies.

Around 39 lakh persons were eligible to vote in these elections. While Alwar has a total of 18.27 lakh voters, Ajmer has 18.43 lakh voters, and Mandalgarh 2.31 lakh voters.

For the first time, with photos of candidates were provided to avoid confusion among voters regarding candidates with similar names.

The elections will be a litmus test for the state's government, facing an uphill battle as the has openly announced support for the in all three seats.

Caste equations are playing a major role in these bypolls. Two Yadav stalwarts are in fray in Alwar while Jat and Brahmin candidates are in the electoral arena in Ajmer and Mandalgarh respectively.

In Ajmer, 6,000 security personnel were deployed to ensure smooth polling, while 5,000 securitymen were sent to Alwar.

 

First Published: Mon, January 29 2018. 21:31 IST
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