Hamirpur, Sep 23(GCCurrentAffairs) An estimated 14 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 1100 hrs on Monday in Hamirpur Assembly seats, polling for which began amid rains.
According to EC sources, rains have affected the polling which has been peaceful till now.
Till 0900 hrs, the poll percentage was 5.60 which rose to 13.63 per cent at 1100 hrs. The authorities have made arrangements of boats to ferry the voters from the flood affected village to their polling booths.
Sources said heavy rains have been lashing several parts of the constituency since 0500 hrs this morning leading to disruption of polling in some booths.
More than 28 EVMs and VVPAT machines were replaced due to technical fault.
A report said villagers of Ramna village and Karara block in the constituency announced boycotting the bypoll over issues of development in the area. However, DM Abhishek Prakash said, “We had a dialogue with the villagers. Now, voting is underway at all booths including those in the village.”
More than four lakh voters are eligible to decide the fate of nine candidates on the Assembly seat, which went vacant after BJP MLA Ashok Kumar Singh Chandel was convicted in a 22-year-old murder case. The results for Hamirpur bypoll will be declared on September 27.
The nine candidates contesting for the Hamirpur seat include BJP’s Yuvraj Singh, Congress’ Hardeepak Nishad, Samajwadi Party’s Manoj Kumar Prajapati, Bahujan Samaj Party’s Naushad Ali and Communist Party of India’s Alam Mansuri.
A total of 257 polling stations and 476 polling booths have been set up for this by-election. A total of 4,01,497 voters are expected to exercise their franchise in Monday’s bypoll. A total of 572 Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and 619 VVPAT machines have been installed.
A general observer, an expenditure observer, 36 sector magistrates, four zonal magistrates and 35 micro observers have also been deployed to conduct voting in an independent and impartial manner. Adequate security arrangements were made ahead of polling.