DAINIK NATION BUREAU
The polling for the 70 seats for Uttarakhand Assembly came to an end on Thursday with around 58.60 per cent of the voters casting their votes in the election for the Karnprayag Vidhan Sabha constituency. The voting was peaceful with no untoward incident being reported from anywhere in the constituency. The election to this constituency was postponed after the Bahujan Samaj Party candidate died in a road mishap two days before the polling on February 15.
The polling started on a slow note. However, it picked up some momentum as the day progressed. There were 169 booths spread across the constituency. The Chamoli district officials said that 54,164 out of the 91, 849 voters had cast their votes by 5 pm. Despite the forecast of rain by the weather officials, there was no report of rain affecting the polling.
Along with the first-time voters, the elderly too participated in fair number in the election. Among them was 88- year- old Sowati Devi. She said after casting her vote that she was excited. “I cannot allow my age to stop me from exercising my democratic right,” she said. Several others like Sita Devi (85), Jethuli Devi (85) and Janki Devi (80) echoed her, saying that they were as enthusiastic as they were when they participated in the election for the first time.
Chamoli district election officer Vinod Kumar Suman said that the polling was peaceful amid tight security. “We have received no report of any EVM going dysfunctional during the election,” he said.
To ensure peaceful polling, the election area was divided into five zones and 28 sectors. Three gazetted officers, one inspector, 58 sub-inspectors, 70 head-constables, 289 constables, 41 forest officials, 464 home guards and 135 PRD jawans aside from posse of PAC and ITBP were deployed at the polling centres.