UP Civic Polls 2017: 53% Voting Recorded in Third and Final Phase 
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath arrives at the polling station in Gorakhpur.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath arrives at the polling station in Gorakhpur.
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UP Civic Polls 2017: 53% Voting Recorded in Third and Final Phase 

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  • Third and final phase of Uttar Pradesh local body elections saw a 53% turnout
  • Over 50% voting was recorded in the second phase in 25 districts on 26 November
    The first phase of the elections took place in 24 districts on 22 November
  • Polling was held for five municipal corporations, 71 nagar palika parishads, and 154 nagar panchayats
  • Results will be declared on 1 December
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Third Phase Sees 53% Voter Turnout

The third and final phase of the polls witnessed a voter turnout of 53 per cent – comparatively higher than the 2012 turnout of 51.57 percent.

The voting progressed peacefully, with a few complaints about voters’ names missing and malfunctioning of EVMs. When asked about the complaints regarding the EVMs, State Election Commissioner SK Agarwal said that 503 units were replaced out of the 32,374 in use across the state.

“Re-polling was held in three booths simultaneously with today's voting,” Agarwal said.

Some of the districts that went to polls on Wednesday, 29 November were Saharanpur, Firozabad, Kannauj, Moradabad, Bareilly and Jhansi.

The overall percentage recorded an improvement from 46.2 percent in 2012 to 52.5 percent this time.

Second Phase Sees 50% Voter Turnout

The second phase of the polls saw an average voter turnout of over 50 percent. A total of 1.3 crore electors in 25 districts were eligible to exercise their franchise in the second phase. In 2012, the polling percentage in these districts was 43.67.

Voting was held today in Varanasi, the Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Allahabad, parts of western Uttar Pradesh and state capital Lucknow, where Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and deputy chief minister Dinesh Sharma were among the first few to vote.

Another deputy chief minister, Keshav Prasad Maurya, cast his ballot in Allahabad.

The last and final phase of polling will be held on 29 November.

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MLAs Sweat it Out to Ensure BJP's Victory in UP Civic Polls

Leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the saffron party emerges victorious in the ongoing urban local bodies polls in Uttar Pradesh, the BJP has assigned tasks to 31 MLAs, whose Assembly constituencies do not have a nagar panchayat or nagar palika parishad within their limits.

"Different tasks have been assigned to the 31 MLAs, ranging from actively campaigning for the party candidates to organising various events to galvanise public support for the party," state BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi told PTI.

"Take for example Satish Chandra Dwivedi. He is an MLA from the Itwa Assembly constituency in Siddharthanagar district. But, since there is no nagar panchayat or nagar palika parishad in Itwa, he has been engaged in party activities in the neighbouring Basti district," he added.

When contacted, Dwivedi said, "From election management to other tasks, I have discharged whatever duty was assigned to me by the party."

Asserting that the saffron party's show had been "great" in the first phase of the urban local bodies election, he exuded confidence that it would "sweep" the polls.

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Issues With Voters' List in Several Areas

According to reports, areas in Lucknow, Muzaffarnagar, Shahjahanpur faced issues wih respect to the voters’ list. Muhalla Hanumanpuri in Lucknow was totally missing from the voter list.

People residing in Muzaffarnagar’s Thakurdwara raised a banner of protest after many of their names were missing in the list.

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Voting Turnout Till 12 pm

While Lucknow recorded the lowest voter turnout of 15 percent, Shravasti recorded the highest voter turnout of 35.46 percent.

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Polling Underway in 25 Districts

Polling for the second phase covering 25 districts began on Sunday. Voting will be held from 7 am to 5 pm amid tight security.

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55% Voting Recorded in the First Phase

According to a report by Firstpost, 55 percent of voters in the first phase cast their votes on Wednesday, 22 November.

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Sakshi Maharaj Finds Name Missing From Voter List

BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj was left fuming on Wednesday, 22 November, after he found his name missing from the voters’ list for the local body elections in Unnao.

The MP, who had to return from Gadankheda polling booth on Wednesday morning without casting his vote, alleged that it was a conspiracy and demanded stern action against erring officials, after which the district administration ordered an inquiry.

The District Magistrate (DM) is new but the Additional District Magistrate (ADM), who is also looking after the election process, was posted under the previous government... It is not a mere lapse that the name of the MP is missing... Omission of an MP’s name indicates some conspiracy.
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Even former Congress MP Annu Tandon could not vote as her name was missing from the voters’ list, following which she lodged a complaint with the district administration.

The officials apologised to her and assured her of a probe into the matter.

District Magistrate NG Ravi termed both the cases as “serious.” He said that an inquiry would be conducted and action would be taken against those found responsible for the same.

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24% Voter Turnout Till 12 PM

Around 24 percent polling was recorded till 12 pm in 24 districts, said ANI.

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Technical Glitch in EVMs at Kanpur Ward

A technical glitch was reported in the electronic voting machines (EVMs) of three booths in Mani Ram Bagia Ward Number 104 of Kanpur. It was later rectified and voting resumed.

UP Local Body Polls – At a Glance

  • A total of 230 local bodies will go to polls in the first phase, which includes 4,095 wards.
  • An estimated 1.09 crore voters are expected to exercise their franchise at 11,679 booths in this phase.
  • In the first phase, 56 candidates are in the fray for five mayor seats, 901 for the chairperson’s post in the 71 nagar palikas and 3,856 nominees for the 1,819 nagar palika wards.
  • The remaining phases have been scheduled for 26 and 29 November. Counting will be held on 1 December, and results will be declared later that day.
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BJP Will Win Comfortably: Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath cast his vote at a polling station in his parliamentary constituency of Gorakhpur.

A day before the polling, he told reporters that the BJP will “win comfortably in view of the work done and decisions made the party. Previous parties had handicapped local bodies, we are making efforts to bring them back on track.”

UP CM Yogi Adityanath casts his vote in Gorakhpur.
UP CM Yogi Adityanath casts his vote in Gorakhpur.
(Photo: ANI)
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Voting Begins in 24 Dictricts

The first phase of the Uttar Pradesh civic body elections began in 24 districts on Wednesday, 22 November. Polling is being held for five municipal corporations, 71 nagar palika parishads, and 154 nagar panchayats.

Districts that go to polls in the first place are as follows: Shamli, Meerut, Hapur, Bijnore, Badaun, Hathras, Kasganj, Agra, Kanpur, Jalaun, Hamirpur, Chitrakoot, Kaushambi, Pratapgarh, Unnao, Hardoi, Amethi, Faizabad, Gonda, Basti, Gorakhpur, Azamgarh, Ghazipur, and Sonebhadra.

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    A polling station in Gorakhpur.
    A polling station in Gorakhpur.(Photo: ANI Screengrab)
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    Police officials at the polling station in Gorakhpur.
    Police officials at the polling station in Gorakhpur.(Photo: ANI Screengrab)

In a first, the BJP has released a manifesto for this edition of the local polls, the Indian Express reported.

(With inputs from PTI.)