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Rural voters pip urban in Gautam Buddh Nagar, 62.7pc overall turnout

Press Trust of India  |  Noida (UP) 

witnessed 62.7 per cent for the Lok Sabha election Thursday, with electors in rural areas outnumbering those in urban areas, said officials.

Voting which began at 7 am and continued till 6 pm across 2,397 polling stations in the constituency of 22.97 lakh voters, saw an improvement in poll percentage over the previous polls, they said.

is seeking reelection as a BJP candidate from Gautam Buddh Ngar, citing development work.

The is hoping a young regain the seat it had lost in the 1980s, while the BSP's Satveer Nagar, a rural favourite, is being backed by the Samajwadi Party, and the as the coalition candidate.

There are 13 candidates including two independent nominees in the fray.

comprises Noida, Jewar, Dadri, Khurja and Sikandrabad assembly segments, with the latter two being in district, they said.

Except Noida, other segments are predominantly rural areas.

"By the end of voting at 6 pm, witnessed a turnout of 53.6 per cent, Dadri 64.6 per cent, Jewar 68.4 per cent, Khurja 64 per cent, Sikandrabad 62.5 per cent," said officials.

"The overall across the constituency was registered at 62.7 per cent," said an official statement.

had witnessed a turnout of 60 per cent in 2014 and an abysmal 48 per cent in 2009 Lok Sabha polls, according to statistics.

The turnout in and Greater was lower than the national average of 66 per cent in 2014 and 58 per cent in 2009.

Over 10,000 security personnel including those from the police, the Provincial Armed Constabulary and paramilitary forces were deployed in the constituency, with drone cameras also used for surveillance, the officials said.

Total male voters are 12.63 lakh, female 10.34 lakh and 133 others, while there were 13,183 first-time voters.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 21:30 IST