May 17, 2016 5:08:38 am
VOTERS DEFIED heat and came out in good numbers as 63.66 per cent turnout was recorded in the bypoll to Talala Assembly constituency in Gir-Somnath district on Monday.
Polling started at 7 am and went on till 5 pm. Brisk polling was recorded in the morning.
Out of 2.03 lakh electorate, 1.29 lakh exercised their franchise. The percentage of male voters remained high as 70, 524 came out to vote as against their 58,983 female counterparts. In all, six candidates are in fray for the bypoll.
“The polling was completely peaceful,” Gir-Somnath collector Ajay Kumar told The Indian Express.
The bye-election was warranted following death of sitting Congress MLA and former minister Jashubhai Barad on January 25 While Congress has fielded Barad’s younger brother Bhagwan Barad, BJP has given ticket to former MLA Govind Parmar.
The result will be announced on May 19.
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