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60 percent polling recorded in sixth phase of UP assembly polls (update)

Lucknow/Ghaziabad/Agra , Tue, 28 Feb 2012 ANI

Lucknow/Ghaziabad/Agra, Feb 28 (ANI): Over 60 percent polling was recorded in the sixth phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly polls on Tuesday.


Nearly, 2.17 crore strong electorate was expected to exercise their franchise today for 68 seats spread in 13 districts, including Saharanpur, Meerut, Aligarh, Agra, Bagpath, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Bulandshahr, Muzaffarnagar and Mathura.


The fate of Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader Jayant Chaudhary, Energy Minister Ramveer Upadhyaya, the Deputy Leader of the BJP Legislative Party, Hukkum Singh and former minister Rajveer Singh, who is the son of former chief minister Kalyan Singh, will be decided in this phase.


The Election Commission had made elaborate arrangements for this phase.


Voters in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad city, however, expressed their ire, as their names were not mentioned in the voter's list following which they were not allowed to cast their votes.


"This time also I have got my voter I card and I am just roaming here and there. I have met the Booth Level Officer (BLO) and consulted various representatives of the political parties, but I have not been allowed to cast my vote," said Dinesh Chandra, a voter.


"The polling officials said that they are trying to resolve the issue and I have got my voter I card but my name is not there in the voter's list," he added.


Meanwhile, the electorate in Agra city decided to boycott the assembly elections, as they were not allowed to vote without the registration slip.


"Today we will boycott voting. The Booth Level Officer told us that we could cast our vote by showing any of our identity proof. But when we are going inside they are asking for registration slip. They are not allowing us to cast our vote with our identity proof. Therefore, we are protesting," said a voter, Arjun.


The Uttar Pradesh polls are being viewed as an opportunity for major political parties to re-establish their foothold in the country's fifth largest and most populous state.


The first, second, third, fourth and fifth phases of polling occurred on February 8, 11, 15, 19, and 23 respectively. A new 403-member state assembly will be elected in March.


The poll results will broadly indicate trends for the 2014 general elections. (ANI)


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