Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Polling progressing smoothly for 5th phase of assembly elections in WB; Voting also underway simultaneously for by-elections to 2 Lok Sabha seats, 12 Assembly Constituencies spread over 9 states

In the poll-bound West Bengal, polling for the Fifth Phase of Assembly Elections is progressing smoothly. The polling, which begat at 7.00 A.M., will be conducted till 6.30 P.M. in the 45 Assembly Constituencies spread over six districts going to polls today. The state is witnessing eight-phase elections. Polling is also being held simultaneously for the By-Elections of two Lok Sabha seats including Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh and Belgaum in Karnataka along with 12 Assembly Constituencies spread over nine states. 54.67% polling has been recorded till 1pm today in the fifth phase of assembly elections in West Bengal.

In Telangana, over 53 per cent polling took place by 1pm in Nagarjunasagar Assembly bye-election. About 2 lakh 20 thousand electors likely to utilise their franchise at 346 polling stations under COVID precautions. Over 5 thousand polling staff and security personnel have been deployed. Total 41 candidates are in the fray. The polling will continue till 7 pm today. The bye election was necessitated following sudden death of sitting TRS member, N. Narasimhaih. COVID patients will be allowed to cast their vote during the last hour.

In Madhya Pradesh, polling is going on peacefully in the by-election of Damoh assembly constituency strictly following the Corona guidelines. There has been  37.21 percent voting recorded till 1 PM. There is a direct contest between the ruling BJP and the Congress in this seat.

Around 2 lakh 40 thousand voters including 1 lakh 24 thousand male and 1 lakh 15 thousand females are exercising their democratic rights and deciding the fate of 22 candidates in Damoh. Around 27 per cent of the voters are between 18 to 29 years age group. One thousand 880 employees have been deployed for conducting the smooth polling process of 359 polling booths in Damoh.

Polling is also being held simultaneously for the By-Elections of two Lok Sabha seats including Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh and Belgaum in Karnataka along with 12 Assembly Constituencies spread over nine states. The ACs going in for the By-Polls include three in Rajasthan, two in Karnataka and one each in Gujarat, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Mizoram and Uttarakhand. There are 151 candidates in the fray for 12 Assembly seats indicating largely multi-cornered contests.

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