66.75% polled in 1st phase of Gujarat, EC revises turnout

RSTV Bureau
A polling official administering indelible ink to a voter at a polling booth, during the first phase of Gujarat Assembly Election, in Surat, Gujarat on December 09, 2017.

A polling official administering indelible ink to a voter at a polling booth, during the first phase of Gujarat Assembly Election, in Surat, Gujarat on December 09, 2017.

The Election Commission on Sunday released the final voter turnout for the first phase of the Gujarat elections. The figure stands at 66.75 per cent. The poll panel on Saturday had declared an estimated 68 per cent voter turnout.

According to the final data released, tribal- dominated Narmada district witnessed the highest turnout at 79.15 per cent while Devbhumi-Dwarka seat in the Saurashtra region saw the lowest turnout at 59.39 per cent.

While 12 districts recorded a voter turnout of less than 70 per cent, seven registered polling percentage of 70 per cent, it said. The 89 seats that went to polls on Saturday are in Saurashtra, Kutch and South Gujarat.

In the 2012 elections, 71.32 per cent voter turnout was recorded in Gujarat for all the 182 seats. Second and last phase of polling will take place on December 14.

Voters are waiting for their turn at a polling booth, during the first phase of Gujarat Assembly Election, at Rander, in Surat, Gujarat on December 09, 2017.

Voters are waiting for their turn at a polling booth, during the first phase of Gujarat Assembly Election, at Rander, in Surat, Gujarat on December 09, 2017.

Out of 2.12 crore voters in the regions, 1.41 crore exercised their franchise in the 89 seats in 19 districts, according to a release issued by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer for Gujarat.

Among the prominent contest, BJP MLA Motilal Vasava is fighting against Mahesh Vasava, son of rebel JD(U) leader Chhotubhai Vasava in crucial tribal-dominated Dediapada seat. Vasava is contesting as the candidate of the Bhartiya Tribal Party (BTP), floated by his father ahead of elections.

In Dwarka constituency, the main fight is between the BJP and the Congress. Prominent candidates in the first-phase poll battle included Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Congress’s Shaktisinh Gohil and Paresh Dhanani.

The second and final phase of elections for remaining 93 seats will be held on December 14. Counting of votes will be conducted on December 18.

(With inputs from PTI)