The first of Gujarat’s two-phase assembly polls began on Saturday across 89 constituencies spread out in the 19 districts of Kutch, Saurashtra and southern regions and malfunctioning in some of the Electronic Voting Machines were reported in Gujarat. The Election Commission said the faulty machines have been replaced. Around 13 per cent voting took place in Kutch, Saurashtra and south Gujarat till 10 am, where a contest is on for 89 of the state’s 182 constituencies.The last phase of canvassing has seen a bitter and personal campaign between the Congress and the BJP. PM Modi, in a tweet this morning, urged people to come out and vote in large numbers.A total of 977 candidates are in the fray from Kutch, Morbi, Jamnagar, Surendranagar, Devbhoomi Dwarka, Rajkot, Botad, Porbandar, Junagadh, Amreli, Gir Somnath, Bhavnagar, Bharuch, Narmada, Surat, Tapi, Navsari, Dang and Valsad districts.
Of the 2,12,31,652 voters, 1,11,05,933 are males and 1,01,25,472 females while 247 are from the third gender. The second phase polling is on December 14 and counting, along with that of Himachal Pradesh, will be held on December 18. (with agency inputs)
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