Lok Sabha election: Voting delayed in three Delhi polling booths during phase 6; 164 candidates in fray

Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain said that voting started 50 minutes late at three polling booths of Railway Jhuggi, Shakurbasti during Phase 6 of Lok Sabha Elections

Press Trust of India May 12, 2019 12:03:56 IST
Lok Sabha election: Voting delayed in three Delhi polling booths during phase 6; 164 candidates in fray
  • Voting, that was scheduled to start at 7 am, began late at some booths in the national capital Sunday

  • Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain said that voting started 50 minutes late at three polling booths

  • Over 1.43 crore people in Delhi are eligible to vote in this election which will decide the fate of 164 candidates, of which 18 are women

New Delhi: Voting began late at some booths in the national capital as the sixth phase of Lok Sabha election got underway on Sunday. The polling was to start at 7 am.

Delhi home minister Satyendar Jain said that voting started 50 minutes late at three polling booths. "Voting started at 7.50 am at 3 booths of Railway Jhuggi, Shakurbasti," he tweeted.

However, there was no immediate response from the Chief Electoral Office.

Lok Sabha election Voting delayed in three Delhi polling booths during phase 6 164 candidates in fray

Representational Image. A polling booth in Odisha. ANI

Shashi Devi, a 58-year-old resident of Mayur Vihar, said that she and her son were made to wait for 20 minutes by officials at a polling booth. "My son and I came to cast our votes to avoid the heat, but after reaching the polling booth at 7 am, we were asked to wait for 20 minutes as officials were still in the process of starting polling," Devi said.

Another voter, Rahul Sharma, had to wait to for half an hour outside the polling booth of his area to cast his vote.

Among the early voters in the national capital were former chief minister Sheila Dikshit, Congress's New Delhi candidate Ajay Maken, Union Minister Harsh Vardhan, BJP's East Delhi candidate Gautam Gambhir, and BJP national general secretary (organisation) Ram Lal.

Over 1.43 crore people in Delhi are eligible to vote in this election which will decide the fate of 164 candidates, of which 18 are women. There are 43 independent candidates.

While 2,54,723 voters are in the age group of 18 and 19, there are 40,532 electorates with a disability who would be provided pick up and drop facility.

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