The people of Delhi seems to have chosen to sit at home instead of casting their vote in the ongoing Delhi assembly elections. The voting has been extremely slow as only 19.37 per cent of the registered voters made it to voting booths till 1 PM to exercise their right.
Reportedly, polling for Delhi assembly polls has now slowly picked up as at 12 noon, only 15.57 per cent voter turnout was recorded, according to Election Commission.
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Sultanpur Majra has recorded the highest polling with 25% while Muslim-dominated Okhla has registered only at 5%, the lowest in Delhi. Earlier, we had reported on how voters of Jamia Nagar of Okhla constituency, who had once shouted ‘Hum Khagaz Nahi Dhikayenge’, thronged to the voting booth after Muslim clerics had issued diktats to voters to cast their vote.
President Ram Nath Kovind also cast his vote at the polling station at the Dr Rajendra Prasad Kendriya Vidyalaya, within the Rashtrapati Bhavan complex earlier this morning. Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader LK Advani and his daughter Pratibha Advani cast their votes at a polling booth on Aurangzeb road.
Earlier in the day, Congress candidate and former AAP MLA Alka Lamba slapped an AAP worker at a polling booth in Majnu Ka Tila after he allegedly misbehaved and allegedly made some lewd comments on her son.
The elections to 70-member Delhi legislative assembly finally began on Saturday as the voting started at 8 am and voters were seen arriving at polling stations. To ensure safe polling, the Delhi Police has deployed at least 40,000 personnel, 19,000 home guards, and 190 companies of paramilitary forces across Delhi. Apart from this, the Delhi Police have also set up checking drives and flying squads, along with patrolling on boats in the Yamuna.
The ruling Aam Aadmi Party will look to win another five-year term in the office, while the BJP which has emerged as the principal opposition will look to wrest power and form its own government. The results of these elections will be declared on February 11.