Gujarat Elections 1st Stage: 104 Years Voter; stand for one vote only; health check during polls – In pictures


Ahmedabad: The polls for the first phase of the Gujarat elections closed at 5pm on Thursday. The BJP-ruled state registered an average turnout of 59.24% on 89 parliamentary seats in the first phase of the Gujarat elections. In the first phase, the fate of 788 candidates will be determined. The turnout figure was preliminary, as data from some polling stations had not been received and mail ballots had not been included, the Election Commission said. The highest turnout of 72.32% was recorded in the Tapi district. The tribal-dominated district includes two Assembly constituencies: Vyara and Nizar. With a voter turnout of 68.09%, Narmada district was ranked second. Bhavnagar in Saurashtra region recorded the lowest turnout of 51.34 per cent as of 5pm.

Apart from Narmada, four other districts recorded turnout above 60%: Navsari (65.91%), Dang (64.84%), Valsad (62.46%) and Gir Somnath (60.46%). The polls were largely peaceful, apart from some incidents of clashes between rival groups, the EC said.

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Glimpses of voters celebrating democracy in all 89 seats in South Gujarat and Saurashtra-Kutch regions going to the polls in the first phase were shared by the Election Commission of India (ECI).

The Election Commission of India (ECI) tweeted on Twitter the photo of 104-year-old Ramjibhai who, it said, “joined the celebration of democracy by voting at the polling station instead of opting for a postal ballot”.

ECI tweeted a photo of a group of visually impaired voters proudly showing their ink fingers after casting their ballot at a polling station in Surendra Nagar district.

In a separate tweet, ECI posted photos of a voting booth set up for just one voter in the dense jungle of Gir.

ECI also tweeted pictures of India’s first health stand set up in Junagadh district during the first phase of the polls.

To ensure that no one is left behind in exercising their right to vote, the ECI volunteers assisted seniors and Divyang voters at polling stations during the first phase of the 2022 Gujarat Assembly elections.

Former Prime Minister Vijay Rupani, BJP Chief of State CR Paatil, Rajya Sabha Member Parimal Nathwani, BJP Candidate from Jamnagar (North) Rivaba Jadeja, Former Opposition Leader Paresh Dhanani, President of Aam Aadmi Party, Gopal Italia were among those who voted early.

While Rivaba voted Jadeja in Rajkot, her husband and cricketer Ravindra voted Jadeja in Jamnagar. Italia from AAP questioned the slow turnout in the first hours.

(with PTI inputs)





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