New Delhi, Feb 8: An estimated voter turnout of 20.05 per cent was recorded till 1pm of the high-octane Delhi elections which began amid tight security arrangements in all 70 constituencies at 8am on Saturday. A total of 672 candidates are in fray.
The estimated turnout in North Delhi's Narela was 19.58 per cent, Rohini 15.50 pc, Shakur basti 21.04 pc and Model Town 14.25 per cent. In North East Delhi, Seelampur recorded 17.94 pc voter turnout and Gokalpur (SC) 21 pc. South Delhi's Malviya Nagar recorded 14.27 pc while Chattarpur was at 28.37 per cent. In Eastern Delhi, Trilokpuri (SC) was 25.68 pc and Laxmi Nagar was 16.78 pc, while the in Western part of national capital, 22.65 pc was recorded at Rajouri Garden and 16.84 per cent was recorded at Janakpuri.
The voter turnout, according to some experts, is being considered very important in these elections as it can change poll prospects of any candidate. Braving cold weather conditions, voters had lined-up before 7am at several polling booths across the national capital, to cast their votes. Long queues were seen outside several polling booths. The security arrangements have been stepped up across the city to thwart any untoward incident.
Central Armed Police Forces have also been deployed. Senior police officials from various units have been drafted for the special poll duties. The police has laid special emphasis for security over the sensitive stir hit zones that have been witnessing protests and unrest from past two months, while monitoring of many areas is also being carried out using drones. The voting will end at 6pm and the results will be announced on February 11. (UNI)