High voter turnout in Delhi and NCR

150 candidates, including 58 independents are in fray for the lok sabha seats in Delhi, all of which have sitting congress MPs.

GN Bureau | April 10, 2014

Delhi has witnessed a relatively high voter turnout on Thursday in the third phase of the Lok Sabha polls with 60.1 percent of its 1.27 crore electorate casting their ballot for the capital’s seven parliamentary seats till 5 PM.

The overall voting percentage in Delhi was only 52.3 per cent in 2009 parliamentary polls while it shot to 66 percent in the December 2013 state assembly polls.

150 candidates, including 58 independents are in fray for the lok sabha seats in Delhi, all of which have sitting congress MPs.

The contest in all the constituencies is likely to be a three-cornered fight between the BJP, the AAP and the Congress.

Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which won 28 seats in the 2013 assembly polls and formed the government with support from Congress, claims to be hopeful of throwing a similar surprise in LS polls, though the party faced severe criticism for quitting from the government after 49 days.

BJP's campaign has focused on its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and the election results will determine whether the 'Modi wave' had any impact. If the party performs well, then it may press for early assembly polls in Delhi.

For the first time, Delhi residents whose names are listed in the voter list but didn’t have the election card were also allowed on showing other identity and citizenship proofs. Voting that began at 7 AM will continue till 6 PM.
Voting, which started at 7 am, continued till 6 pm.

Polls were held for 91 seats across 11 states and three Union territories in the current phase.



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