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Local bodies polls end peacefully in Meerut

Statesman News Service | Meerut |

Polling for local bodies elections concluded peacefully in City and rural area on Wednesday. However, there were some stray incidents of protests for faulty EVM machines or malfunctioning.

Around 50 percent voters turned out to cast their votes in the urban areas whereas in the rural areas voters showed a better response with about 65percent voting in this local body election here.

More than 11 lakh voters in the district had to cast their votes to elect Mayor, 15 chairman of two Nagar Palika and 13 nagar Panchayats along with 316 corporators in different wards of the district including 90 wards of the Nagar Nigam on Wednesday.

Polling started since morning and it picked up by afternoon . Voters came out specially women post noon to cast vote in favour of their candidates . Eight candidates are trying their luck in this Mayoral election . The main candidates in the fray on this reserved seat for woman are Kanta Kardam of BJP, Sunita Verma of BSP, Mamta Sood of Congress and Deepu Manothia of SP.

Dy Election Officer and Adittional District Magistrate (Enforcement) Satyaprakash Patel claimed that polling was peaceful and no ontoward incident was reported. However a few incidents of malfunctions in EVM machines and other minor issues were reported in the district.

BSP supporters complained about malfunctioning of EVM in Dhalai Wali Gali booth and Shyam Nagar booth of Lisari Gate area and where voters claimed that light of BJP button flashes while pressing buttons for BSP and other candidates. Besides Complaints of malfunctioning of EVMs were also received from over 40 places where angry voters staged protest . There were also complaints of people of missing of their names in several booths and they protested against it. Police lathicharged at least in three places to disperse protesting voters which obstructed polling in a few booths for some time.

Patel, however, claimed that there were minor problems in functions of EVMs and total 43 machines in City and rural area were replaced after receiving complaints.