UP bypolls: Counting underway in 11 assembly constituencies
Amid tight security arrangements, counting of votes in 11 assembly seats of Uttar Pradesh started on Thursday morning at 8:00 am, where bypolls were held on October 21.
Lucknow: Amid tight security arrangements, counting of votes in 11 assembly seats of Uttar Pradesh started on Thursday morning at 0800 hrs, where bypolls were held on October 21.
The counting will decide the fate of 109 candidates in the fray in these 11 assembly seats.
The counting of votes commenced at 0800 hrs under tight security cover at all the 11 Assembly seats in the state and the results are expected by Thursday afternoon, EC officials here said.The result will pave the way for the political parties to plan their strategy before the 2022 Assembly polls in the state.
Counting commenced with postal ballots and thereafter 14 Electronic Voting machines (EVMs) would be taken in each round to complete the process. The trends are expected in next one hour while results are expected in the late afternoon. The 11 Assembly seats at stake are Gangoh ( Saharanpur), Rampur, Iglas( Aligarh), Lucknow Cantonment, Govind Nagar( Kanpur), Manikpur(Chitrakoot), Jaidpur( Barabanki), Jalalpur( Ambedkarnagar), Balha( Bahriach), Ghosi( Mau), and Pratapgarh.
However, in the bypolls, the average polling came down drastically by 13 per cent from the 2017 Assembly polls to 47.05 per cent. In 2017 the average polling was around 60 per cent on these seats.
The highest voter turnout was witnessed in Gangoh Assembly seat in Saharanpur district where 60.30 per cent of total voters exercised their franchise, followed by 58.80 per cent in Jalalpur Assembly seat and 58 per cent in Zaidpur constituency in Barabanki district.
Lucknow Cantonment constituency witnessed the lowest turnout where only 28.53 per cent of the total voters went to the polling booths.
Of the 11 seats, eight seats were held by the BJP, one by its alliance partner Apna Dal(S) and one each by the Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). The bypolls witnessed four cornered contest as BJP, SP, BSP and Congress fielded candidates in all the 11 seats.(UNI)