UP second phase registers over 65 per cent polling

NEW DELHI/DEHRADUN: Over 65 per cent voters cast their ballot in the second phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections across 67 seats on Wednesday, the Election Commission said here.
“The polling was 65.5 per cent till 5 pm and was continuing,” Deputy Election Commissioner Vijay Dev told reporters here. He said that Election Commission had made cash seizure of Rs 16.5 crore, liquor worth Rs 9 crore and drugs worth Rs 1.1 crore. The official said gold and silver have also been seized.
Officials in Lucknow said that maximum voting was reported from Saharanpur and Lakhimpur Kheri.
Barring some places where Electronic Voting Machines developed some snags, polling was smooth and peaceful in most of the 67 assembly constituencies across 11 districts.
Polling began on Wednesday morning amid tight security at 7 am.
Long queues of women, differently-abled and elderly voters were seen in most parts outside the poll booths.
In the 2012 assembly polls, the average polling in these constituencies was 64 per cent.
A total of 721 candidates were in the fray.
Uttarakhand sees 68pc voting: Around 68 per cent polling was witnessed in the Uttarakhand assembly elections on Wednesday, bettering the voting percentage of the past two state polls, officials said.
“The 68 per cent is better than the 66 per cent recorded in 2012 and 64 per cent in 2007,” a poll official said.
Of the main constituencies, Nainital registered 70 per cent, Haridwar 70 per cent,
Uttarkashi 73 and Udhamnghnagar 70 percentage. Polling in 69 of the 70 constituencies in the hill state ended on a peaceful note, Election Commission officials said.
This is the fourth assembly polls in the state where 7.5 million voters decided the fate of 628 candidates.
Men and women braved inclement weather at some places and voted in large numbers, officials said. Polling in Karnprayag was suspended due to the death of the Bahujan Samaj Party candidate. — IANS