Polling officers collect electronic voting machines(EVM) and polling materials before leaving for polling booth. (PTI Photo)
MLAs sweat it out to ensure BJP’s victory in UP civic pollsCampaigning ends for second phase of Uttar Pradesh civic pollsUP civic poll candidates shower voters with gifts, shows surveyAround 48 per cent of voters exercised their franchise during the second phase of the state urban local body elections held on Sunday.
Mathura, which went held polls to its municipal corporation for the first time, recorded 41.36 per cent participation. The Yogi Adityanath government had recently merged the Vrindavan and Mathura municipal boards to form the Mathura Nagar Nigam.
The state election commission said that the polling was largely peaceful. In Mainpuri, reports came in of a firing incident but local administration claimed that they were not sure if it was a gunshot or cracker burst but that it happened quite a distance away from any poll booth. Nevertheless, the state election body has sought a report.
Though there were reports of many names allegedly missing from the voters’ list, state election Commissioner S K Agarwal said the commission had taken all steps to create awareness among voters to increase turnout.