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Gujarat polls: 68% voter turnout recorded in first phase

 Ahmedabad:A voter turnout of 68 per cent was recorded in the first phase of Gujarat Assembly Elections. The polling for 89 assembly constituencies of the State was held today.

 

In 2012 assembly election, the polling percentage was 71.7 per cent while it was around 60 per cent in the previous assembly election. Briefing reporters in New Delhi this evening, Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said, the voter turnout was encouraging and the final polling percentage may go up as final figures are yet to be tallied. He said, the polling was peaceful and no untoward incident was reported.

 

He said, divyangjans and elderly people exercised their franchise in large numbers in the polls including a 126 year old woman.

 Mr Sinha said, VVPATs machines were used in EVMs at all polling stations. He said, this time in the elections many new IT initiatives were taken including SUGAM, SAMADHAN, SUVIDHA.

 

Later giving details on EVMs and VVPATs, Deputy Election Commissioner Sudeep Jain said, 181 ballot units, 223 control units and 714 VVPATs were replaced during the poll process. He rejected the reports that an EVM was connected to mobile bluetooth. He said, EVMs do not have receptors or wiring to facilitate that.

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