New Delhi, May 12 : Around 32 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 1300 hrs on Sunday in seven Lok Sabha constituencies of Delhi as President Ram Nath Kovind and several well known politicians including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal cast their vote here.
The voting is in progress in Delhi which is under the sixth phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. According to official data, till 1300 hrs, 31.98 per cent voter turnout was registered for seven Lok Sabha constituencies of Delhi.At 1pm, voter turnout at Chandni Chowk was recorded at 30.70 per cent, East Delhi (33.20 per cent), New Delhi (29.11 per cent), North East Delhi (35.36 per cent), North West Delhi (SC) 32.20 per cent, South Delhi (29.22 per cent) and West Delhi (32.66 per cent).
The President, former Delhi Chief Minister and Congress candidate from North East parliamentary seat Sheila Dikshit, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and BJP candidate from East Delhi Gautam Gambhir were among the early voters who exercised their adult franchise in the national capital. Mr Kovind cast his vote at a polling booth in the Rashtrapati Bhawan here.
The former Delhi Chief Minister cast her vote at a polling booth in Nizamuddin while Mr Sisodia at a polling station in Pandav Nagar. BJP candidate and cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir exercised his franchise at a polling booth in Old Rajinder Nagar. Ms Swaraj also cast her vote at NP Co-Ed Senior Secondary School at Aurangzeb Lane here.
The UPA chairperson cast her vote at a polling booth in Nirman Bhavan. Congress president Rahul Gandhi also exercised his franchise. The Congress president cast his vote at a polling booth in NP Senior Secondary School in Aurangzeb Lane here.
Mr Gandhi was accompanied by former Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken while Ms Gandhi by former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal cast his vote at a polling booth in Civil Lines here.
Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, with his family, also exercised their franchise in the National Capital and also urged Delhiites to come and vote. "Voting is our right and responsibility. I urge you all to exercise this right!," Mr Baijal said in a tweet.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Robert Vadra cast their vote at a polling booth in Sardar Patel Vidyalaya at Lodhi Estate here. Among the other prominent personalities who have cast their vote are Mr Maken, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, BJP's New Delhi candidate Meenakshi Lekhi and AAP east Delhi candidate Atishi.
Meanwhile, earlier, AAP Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharti in a series of tweets had alleged that some of the EVMs in his area were not functioning. 'EVM in booth 132, Hauzrani is showing 50 votes without anyone casting any vote in the machine n EVMs at booths 116,117, 122 in Malviya nagar not functioning,' the AAP MLA tweeted.
'Booth 113 in Dashmesh Khalsa school, Malviya nagar in AC43 polling has stopped because EVM is not working' he tweeted. 'Booth 69 in MCD school, masjid moth in AC43 polling has not started because EVM is not working,' the AAP MLA tweeted. The National Capital's 1.43 crore electors are expected to exercise their franchise at 13,800 polling stations for seven Lok Sabha constituencies of Delhi, in what is seen as a three-way contest between the newbie Aam Aadmi Party, Bharatiya Janata Party and Indian National Congress.
Polling in all the seven Lok Sabha constituencies commenced at 7am and will end at 6pm.
Elaborate security is in place at every polling station across the National Capital. The electorate -- 7.8 crores male and 6.4 crore women -- will decide the fate of 164 candidates in the seven Parliamentary Constituencies.
In several polling booths across the National Capital, voters had reached before 7am. Early birds Delhi Metro train services on all lines started from 0400 hrs to enable the staff deployed on election duties to reach their polling stations. The trains going from Dwarka Sector 21 towards Vaishali started operations at 4.30am.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP had won all the seven seats. Counting of votes of the Lok Sabha elections 2019 will be taken up on May 23. (UNI)