UP Phase1 Polls: Over 28% polling by 1 PM

Phase 1 polling in UP begins with slow note due to rain, polling for the first phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections picked up by the afternoon with 28.35% of the over 1.70 crore electorate exercising their franchise. "In the first six hours, 28.35% polling was registered in 55 assembly seats spread over 10 districts," Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha told PTI. Amdist complaints of EVM malfunctioning, 31% polling was recorded in Bahraich district.
Sitapur, where people boycotted polling in Gularia village in Misrikh assembly seat to protest lack of development, registered 33% polling by 1 PM. Similarly in Gonda, which recorded 32% polling till 1 PM, nearly 800 voters boycotted poll process at booth number 34 in Mehnaun assembly seat to protest shifting of polling station three kilometres away from the village. Polling also picked up in in Faizabad where 30% electorate exercised their franchise till 1 PM as compared to 14% in the first two hours. Maximum 40.2% polling till 1 PM was recorded in Ambedkar Nagar district, where a long queue of voters were witnessed at polling stations. Lowest poll percentage 25.5% was recorded in Siddharth Nagar district followed by 26.5% in neighbouring Basti district.


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