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Maharashtra: 55.78 pc polling in 7 Lok Sabha constituencies

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Altogether 55.78 per cent voters Thursday exercised their franchise in the first phase of polling in seven constituencies in Maharashtra, officials said.

Polling began at 7 am and ended at 5 pm in all the seven seats, they said.

A total of 116 candidates were in the fray in these seven seats, which were once a bastion.

As many as 1,33,00,978 voters were eligible to exercise their franchise in the seven seats, the officials said.

The said Naxal-hit Gadchiroli-Chimur seat witnessed an impressive 61.33 per cent voter turn-out, while 60.50 per cent electorate exercised the franchise in Bhandara-Gondiya.

Chandrapur recorded 55.97 per cent polling, followed by 55.36 per cent in Wardha, 53.97 per cent in Yavatmal- Washim, 53.13 per cent in Nagpur and 51.72 per cent in Ramtek (SC) seat.

Prominent candidates in these constituencies were Union ministers and senior BJP leaders and (Chandrapur).

Naxals triggered an IED blast near a polling booth in Maharashtra's district while voting was underway, police said. There were no casualties, a police said.

Glitches in EVMs were reported at some places, an said.

After reports of VVPAT not working in Gondiya district of Bhanadara-Gondiya constituency, returning there said the faulty were replaced quickly and the polling concluded smoothly.

EVM glitches were also reported from Booth No. 127 (Gadchiroli-Chimur constituency) and Booth No. 147 (Yavatmal- Washim) in

"The faulty were replaced in 15 minutes," told PTI.

A voter outside the School polling booth in Nagpur constituency said voters there were waiting in a long queue and the EVM machine there has stopped working.

Some of those in the serpentine queue returned to their homes, he said.

After an EVM machine stopped working in Yavatmal constituency, the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance candidate Bhavana Gawali requested the to extend the poll timings in that booth.

The state unit sent 39 complaints to the (EC) about "glitches" in the functioning of EVMs at some booths in six Lok Sabha seats, the party said.

The party said in a statement that it made as many as 12 complaints to the EC via e-mail, pointing out glitches in the electronic voting machines (EVMs) at some booths in Nagpur, followed by eight such complaints in Chandrapur, six in Wardha and five in Ramtek.

Four complaints each of such snags in Yavatmal-Washim and Gadchiroli-Chimur seats were also sent, it said.

Prominent among those who voted in the first phase were Mohan Bhagwat, Chief and Gadkari (Nagpur) and former Union (Bhandara-Gondiya).

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 19:15 IST