Polling is on for the Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra legislative council seats and for Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.
In Uttar Pradesh, voting for 11 legislative council seats of Graduate and Teacher constituency under biennial election is underway. The polling that started at 8 AM will continue till 5 PM. No untoward incident has been reported so far. The counting of vote will be done on 3rd December.
Elaborate security arrangements have been put in place for polling and liquor shops have already been closed till the poll is over this evening.
Covid 19 protocols are strictly being followed during polling. Hand sanitizers and thermal scanners have been made available at all polling booths. No polling personnel or voter is allowed without face cover or mask. Social distancing is also being maintained during voting.
Out of 11 seats 5 are Graduate constituencies and 6 Teachers constituencies. Graduate constituencies are Lucknow, Agra, Meerut ,Varanasi, and Allahabad-Jhansi constituency while teachers constituency are Lucknow, Agra, Meerut ,Varanasi, Bareilly- Moradabad and Gorakhpur-Faizabad divisions.
According to the Election Commission, 20.36% voters exercised their franchise in this election till 12 .00 Noon. The highest 29 .14 percent voter turnout was recorded in Bareilly – Moradabad division teachers constituency and the lowest 11.5 7% in Agra division graduate constituency.
All major parties including BJP, Samajwadi Party and Congress except BSP have fielded their candidates in the election. There are total 199 candidates in the fray. Most 30 candidates are pitted on Meerut division graduate seat and least 11 candidates on Lucknow division teachers seat.
In Maharashtra, polling is underway for the Teachers and Graduates constituencies of the state Legislative Council. Voting is taking place for the graduate constituencies in Pune, Nagpur and Aurangabad divisions and for the Teachers constituencies in Pune and Amravati divisions.
Voting began this morning at 8 and will continue till 5 pm. As this is the first election in the state amid the Covid-19 pandemic, all health regulations are being strictly enforced. For the first time, an independent medical officer has been appointed at each polling station. Voters and officials at polling booths are using masks and sanitizers to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Polling is underway in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation elections today. Till 12 noon, about 10 per cent polling was recorded for the 150-division GHMC. Amidst tight COVID precautions and security arrangements, polling has been peaceful so far. There were some incidents of arguments and scuffles reported at a few divisions between the cadres of different political parties but police dispersed them to ensure smooth polling.
Over 74 lakh electors are eligible to elect 150 corporators out of which at least 50 per cent are women. AIR correspondent says the polling will continue till 6PM today evening. Despite carrying an intense voter awareness campaign, the elector turn out at the polling stations is discouraging for the candidates and also for those who value larger and wide participation of this important democratic activity. Comparatively, the polling is better in Medchal Malkajgiri, Rangareddy and Sangareddy districts than in Hyderabad. Hyderabad has 84 divisions where as these three districts have 66 out of 150 divisions.
Printing mistakes on the ballot paper reported at one division for which the State Election Commission is likely to announce the repolling. As part of COVID precautions, all electors are coming to the polling stations, wearing face masks. Special provisions have been made to utilise postal ballots for elders above 80 years of age and those who are COVID 19 positive. The polling is expected to gain a little momentum post midday.
Total of 9101 polling stations have been setup across 4 districts, Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Medchal Malkajgiri and Sangareddy. Videography or live webcasting from about half of the polling stations is going on to ensure constant vigil.
It may be recalled that the ruling TRS is contesting from all 150 divisions while BJP is in the fray in 149. Congress is contesting polls in 146 divisions while TDP is in fray in 106, MIM in 51 and Left parties in 29 divisions. There are 76 candidates from registered parties and 415 independents too in the fray.