Lucknow In the first phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, 60.17 per cent voting was recorded in 58 assembly seats in 11 districts on Thursday. Voting ends at 6 p.m., after an hour-long extension due to the Covid Protocol. In some places EVMs shut down peacefully with minor technical glitches. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath tweeted, “The first phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly 2022 was completed peacefully today. A heartfelt thank you to all the esteemed voters who participated in the celebration of democracy using their invaluable votes. Your vote will strengthen the foundation of ‘New Uttar Pradesh’. Long live Mother India. ‘

Additional Chief Electoral Officer (ACEO) BD Ram Tiwari said, “There have been reports of technical defects in EVMs in some places.” He said the EVMs were being replaced after the report came out. Samajwadi Party alleges voters were not allowed to exercise their franchise in Dundukheda village of Kaira assembly constituency. Tewari said the concerned district magistrate has been asked to look into the matter.

Where was the vote?
According to the Election Commission’s office, voting under the Kovid protocol began at 7 a.m. and lasted until 6 p.m. According to the commission, 60.33 per cent in Agra, 60.49 per cent in Aligarh, 61.35 per cent in Baghpat, 60.52 per cent in Bulandshahr, 56.73 per cent in Gautam Buddha Nagar, 54.77 per cent in Ghaziabad, 60.50 per cent in Hapur, 63.28 per cent in Maura and 63.28 per cent. The turnout was 65.34 per cent in Meerut, Muzaffarnagar and 69.42 per cent in Shamli.

The bridegroom casts his ballot before joining the procession
According to a report from Ghaziabad, there was a minor altercation between supporters of BJP leader VK Singh and Congress leader Rajan Kant. Security personnel later intervened and settled the matter. A bridegroom arrives at the four-pillar polling station in the Sadar assembly constituency in Bulandshahr to cast his vote before joining the procession. After completing the rite of passage, the groom Balram arrived at the polling station on a motorcycle to cast his vote.

Jayant Chaudhary could not cast his vote
According to reports from Mathura, polling was slow due to thick fog in the morning but improved after the day. RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary could not reach the polling booth on time due to campaigning, but his wife Charu Chaudhary exercised her franchise in Mathura. Mathura District Election Officer Navneet Singh Chahal said, “No untoward incident took place during the election and the standards of Kovid-19 were strictly followed.” He said there was a slight dispute in the Radhakund area of ​​Govardhan assembly seat but it was resolved by a sub-divisional magistrate and a police officer.

After the farewell, the bridegroom went straight to cast his vote.
SP-RLD candidate Sanjay Lather and Math police station in-charge inspector Rakesh Kumar Singh had a heated argument against the Math tehsil over the attack on SP-RLD activists. “We will lodge a complaint with the Election Commission and the Mathura Superintendent of Police that RLD-SP workers have been beaten up by the police,” said Sanjay Lather, SP-RLD candidate for Math Assembly constituency. In Mathura, too, a groom went straight to the polling station to cast his vote before taking his bride home after the wedding.

Voting time increased due to Kovid protocol
Ishan Pandey, a resident of Sadar Bazar, got married in a wedding hall on Wednesday and exercised his franchise in the booth of Gyan Jyoti Junior High School before going home with the bride in the morning. When asked about their decision, the smiling couple said, “First vote, then breakfast.” Voting was slow at first due to the cold but increased as the day progressed. In the last election, the voting time was till 5 pm but this time it has been extended to 6 pm due to Kovid-19 protocol.

Decision on the fate of 623 candidates closed in the ballot box
The Samajwadi Party has complained to the Election Commission about intimidating and deporting poor voters at some polling stations in Kaira assembly constituency. In the first phase, polling was held in Shamli, Hapud, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Mathura and Agra districts on Thursday. The first phase of elections is being held in the Jat-dominated area. At this stage, the political fate of a total of 623 candidates, including state ministers Shrikant Sharma, Suresh Rana, Sandeep Singh, Kapil Dev Agarwal, Atul Garg and Chaudhary Laxmi Narayan, was decided in the ballot boxes today.

Which includes 73 women candidates. In the last assembly elections of 2017, BJP won 53 out of 58 seats in the first phase, while Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party got two seats each. Apart from this, one candidate of Rashtriya Lok Dal also won. The turnout in these constituencies was 63.47 per cent in the last Assembly elections.

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