Lucknow, May 6 : An estimated 22.88 per cent turnout of a 2.50 crore electorate was registered on Monday till 1100 hrs in 14 Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh amid reports of poll boycott and delay in voting process owing to faulty EVMs.
According EC officials, the polling was peaceful though there were reports of EVM malfunctioning at several booths. "The EVMs or VVPAT machines have been changed and polling has started peacefully, " they claimed.
They claimed that the polling percentage which was 9.76 per cent till 0900 hrs has reached 22.88 per cent till 11am. In Lucknow, the polling was brisk in the early hours but it slowed down as the heat wave condition started.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, BSP president Mayawati, Bihar governor Lalji Tandon, along with several political leaders, and bureaucrats exercised their franchise in the state capital.
A report from Amethi said that on a complaint from the BJP that a presiding officer had forcefully pressed the button of the EVM of an old lady, the authorities have removed the concerned officer and a probe ordered.
BJP candidate Smriti Irani had complained about the incident after the old voter said about the irregularity before the media. Meanwhile, report from different districts said that voters have boycotted the polls on their demand of development and other issues. A report from Gonda said that irate villages thrashed a Booth Level Officer(BLO) at Kachnapur booth number 56 after names of several voters were found missing from the electoral rolls.
In Kaushambhi, voters of Torhi Ka Purwa in Kunda assembly segment boycotted the polls on the demand for a road while in Amethi lok Sabha seat, voters of booth number 125 boycotted the polls on their demand for an under bridge.
In Barabanki, voters of two villages in Kamalpur and Paharpur under Siddhaur block boycotted the polls on their demand for a bridge on a river while in Hargaon in Sitapur lok Sabha seat voters of Singhanipara village boycotted the polls due to their demand for development of the village.
Another report from Sitapur under Dhaurarha Lok Sabha seat around 400 voters boycotted the polls at Kahmara village over lack of development.
Till 11 am the polling percentage was 28.41 pc in Dhaurarha ,24.20 pc in Sitapur, 21.83 pc in Mohanlalganj, 20.98 pc in Lucknow, 21.28 pc in Rae Bareli, 21.83 pc in Amethi ,25.55 pc in Banda, 20.80 pc in Fatehpur,21.86 pc in Kaushambhi , 22.66 pc in Barabanki, 23.15 pc in Faizabad, 23.80 pc in Bahriach ,22.90 pc in Kaiserganj and 21.48 pc in Gonda Lok Sabha constituencies. (UNI)