By-Election: Over 35 Percent Voter Turnout Till 2 pm, Low Voter Turnout In Andheri East: Voting for by-elections to 7 assembly constituencies in 6 states of the country is being held on Thursday. These constituencies are Andheri East in Maharashtra, Gopalganj, and Mokama in Bihar, Adampur in Haryana, Munugode in Telangana, Gola Gorakhnath in Uttar Pradesh, and Dhamnagar in Odisha. The counting of votes for the by-elections in 6 assembly constituencies will be held on November 6.
Voting for the by-elections to the assembly seats in 6 states has started from 7 am today and will continue till 6 pm. Central paramilitary personnel has been deployed to ensure free and peaceful by-elections.
At the edge of Telangana
Over 41 percent of voting was recorded till 2 pm in Telangana’s Munugode Assembly constituency by-election. Polling was conducted peacefully as there were no major law and order problems. Congress candidate Palbhai Srabanti has complained to the election authorities that fake news is being spread on social media with a picture about her. Chief Electoral Officer of the state Vikas Raj said that the complaint of the Congress candidate will be looked into. BJP candidate Komatireddy Raj Gopal Reddy alleged that the TRS government was misusing power in the constituency.
Mokama of Bihar, Gopalganj
Bihar’s Mokama and Gopalganj assembly constituencies recorded 32 percent voter turnout till 2 pm where polling is underway for by-elections on Thursday, officials said. 34.3 percent voter turnout in Mokama, 30 percent voter turnout in Gopalganj. 2 lakh 70 thousand people are eligible to vote in Mokama, and the number of voters in Gopalganj is 3 lakh 31 thousand.
Dhamnagar of Odisha
A total of 38.7 percent voting in the Dhamnagar Assembly seat by-election till 2 pm, an EC official said. “Voting is going on in 252 polling stations of the election,” he said. 110 booths have been declared sensitive and 126 booths will be webcasted. Some early EVM malfunctions were reported and resolved immediately, he said. Pick-up and drop arrangements have been made for physically challenged voters, the official said. A total of 2.38 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise.
Adampur in Haryana
In Haryana’s Adampur assembly segment where the by-election is underway, 41.24 percent voting was recorded in the first seven hours of polling. The outcome of the by-election will determine whether the Bhajan Lal family will retain its five-decade family stronghold. Voting will start at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm. About 1.71 lakh voters are eligible to cast their votes. The counting of votes will be done on November 6.
Gola Gorakhnath of Uttar Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh’s Gola Gokarnath constituency recorded over 33.58 percent average voter turnout till 2 pm. Though the polls went off peacefully, the Samajwadi Party (SP) alleged that some polling stations were captured by workers of the ruling BJP. “BJP workers have occupied the polling stations of Lalahpur, Madanpur, and Lakshmanan of Gola Gorakhnath Assembly. More than 3.90 lakh voters will decide the fate of seven contestants.
Voter turnout is low in Maharashtra’s Andheri East
Voter turnout was low in Mumbai’s Andheri East assembly constituency. Only 16.8 percent of voters cast their votes till 2 pm. This is the first assembly election in Maharashtra since the fall of the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government in June following a revolt by Shiv Sena legislators led by Eknath Shinde. Uddhav Thackeray-led Shiv Sena candidate Rutuja Latke is expected to win the bypoll comfortably after the BJP withdrew its nominee. The constituency has 2,71,502 voters and 256 polling stations.