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Record 64 per cent polling in Delhi as voters flock to polling boots

There were reports of malfunctioning of electronic voting machines (EVM) in some parts of the city but they were rectified, EC officials said. Tweet This
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Lt Guv of Delhi Najeeb Jung along with his wife show ink marked finger after casting their vote for Lok Sabha election in New Delhi on Thursday. Lt Guv of Delhi Najeeb Jung along with his wife show ink marked finger after casting their vote for Lok Sabha election in New Delhi on Thursday.

An impressive 64 per cent polling was recorded till  6 PM in the Lok Sabha election for the seven seats in the national capital even as long queues of people were seen at the booths across the city.

“64 per per cent of the 1.27 crore eligible voters cast their votes till  6 PM,” a senior official of Delhi Election Commission said.

Chandni Chowk witnessed 60 per cent polling till 5 pm, while 61.2 per cent voting was reported from East Delhi, and 59.2  per cent electorates exercised there franchise in New Delhi constituency till 5 pm.

Similarly, North East had 63 per cent polling, North West 59.3 per cent, South Delhi 57.20 per cent and West Delhi recorded 61.1per cent.

A total of 1.27 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise, which include over 3.37 lakh first time voters. 150 candidates are in the fray. The polling began at 7  AM and will continue till 6 PM.

There were reports of malfunctioning of electronic voting machines (EVM) in some parts of the city but they were rectified, EC officials said.

A lot of people in the Central Delhi constituency could not cast their votes since their names were missing from the voters’ list.

In 2009 Lok Sabha polls, the overall voting percentage stood at 52.3 per cent, which had increased to 66 per cent in the 2013 Delhi Assembly election.

The Delhi Election Commission had set a target of surpassing the 66 per cent polling figure in the Lok Sabha polls.

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