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UP Polls Live: Phase I polling ends; records over 60% turnout

The first phase of UP Assemble elections has come to an end with more than 60% polling recorded by 5 PM. officials said that the voter turnout is much higher this time as compared to earlier assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. In 2007 UP assembly elections, the voter turnout was 45.96% whereas in 2012, it was 59.40%. The first phase elections were largely peaceful, excluding a few incidents of violence. The first phase polls were conducted for 73 assembly seats, spread across 15 districts in Uttar Pradesh. The average polling reported by officials is more than 60% in Western UP.

At the end of the polling at 5 PM, the voter turnout in Noida was 59%, Dadri 61%, Jewar 65%, Bulandshahr 64%, Shamli 62%, Fatehabad 70.82%, Mathura 67%, Agra 63.94% and Fatehpur Sikri 69.49%. The voter turnout was a bit slow in the morning hours, but it gained momentum during the day, especially during the afternoon.

Some of the incidents reported during the polls included 13 cases of paid news. Out of these, 10 cases have been confirmed. The Election Commission (EC) reported its seizures during the first phase, which included Rs 19.56 crore cash; 4.44 lakh liter liquor worth Rs 14 crore; drugs worth Rs 96.93 lakh; and gold & silver worth Rs 14 crore. The EC also took preventive action against 96,906 troublemakers to ensure free and fair elections in UP.

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