Voting for the final phase of the Gujarat elections for 93 assembly constituencies across 14 districts of North and Central Gujarat began at 8am amid tight security arrangements on Monday. However, 833 candidates from 61 parties are in the fray in the second phase of the Gujarat elections whose fate will be decided by over 2.51 crore electorates.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an appeal to the young as well as women voters to exercise franchise in large numbers. He cast his vote at Ranip polling booth in Ahmedabad in the final phase of Gujarat polls. Further he also asked voters of the bypolls to make record turnouts.
The election commission has set up 26,409 polling stations, and nearly 36,000 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be used. To facilitate the elections, approximately 29,000 presiding officers and over 84,000 polling officers have been
According to Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer P Bharathi, of the total 26,409 polling stations, 93 are model polling booths, 93 are eco-friendly booths, another 93 managed by Divyang and 14 are managed by youth. Webcasting will be done in 13,319 polling booths in the second phase. Even she cast her vote today in Gandhinagar.
Among star candidates who will cast their votes in the final phase in Gujarat are PM Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Uttar Pradesh Anandiben Patel, Isudan Gadhvi, Gujarat Pradesh president Jagdish Thakor and cricketers Irfan Pathan, Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya.
During the first phase of polling on December 1, Gujarat saw an overall turnout of 63.14 per cent. The voting began at 8 am in 89 constituencies spread across 19 districts of Kutch, Saurashtra and South Gujarat regions. The first phase of voting for 89 seats in Kutch, Saurashtra and South Gujarat ended on December1, with an overall turnout of 63.31 per cent.
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