1. Polling ends in Delhi
May 7th, 2009 - 6:50 pm ICT by IANS -
New Delhi, May 7 (IANS) Polling for the seven Lok
Sabha seats of the national capital ended at 5 p.m. after
10 hours of balloting.
“By 5 p.m. the main entrances of the polling stations
were closed. However, those in the queue are allowed to
vote. Overall, the polling in Delhi was peaceful and we
have not received any report of violence as such,”
Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer Satbir Silas Bedi told
About 11.09 million people - nearly four million of them in the age group of 18-29 - were
eligible to vote at 11,348 polling booths in the capital.
Nearly 40 percent voter turnout was recorded till 3 p.m.
The constituencies are Chandni Chowk, Northeast Delhi, East Delhi, New Delhi,
Northwest Delhi, West Delhi and South Delhi.
A total of 160 candidates were in the fray this time, compared to 129 in the 2004 elections.
The contest is mainly between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
More than 73,000 officials conducted the voting. Nearly 56,000 police personnel were
deployed across the capital.
A total of 193 polling booths were identified as sensitive and 32 as hyper-sensitive. The
counting of votes would take place May 16.
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