- Young electorate seem excited
- Several young voters use NOTA option
The district witnessed huge turnout of electorate this time as the electorate became aware of their responsibility of active participation in the election. Electorate enthusiastically thronged polling booths from morning onwards to exercise their franchise.Candidates of different political parties also reached to their respective polling stations with family members to cast their votes.
Young electorate were seen more excited this time.There were many electorate who preferred to NOTA option on the EVM. BJP candidate from Ujjain North, Paras Jain reached at the polling booth in Uttam Nagar early in the morning to cast his vote.Jain was accompanied by his wife Angoorbala Jain and mother Kailashibai.
Congress candidate from Ujjain North, Vivek adav cast his vote at Oswal Dharamshala polling booth in Mirchinala locality. Congress candidate from Ujjain South Jay Singh Darbar exercised his franchise at Shastri Nagar polling booth and appealed people to use their voting rights. BJP candidate from Ujjain South, Mohan adav reached at the polling station at Alakhdham Dharamshala in Freeganj along with his wife to cast their votes.
There were dozens of polling stations in the city where long queues of electorate were seen since morning. There were 211 polling stations in Ujjain North and 233 in Ujjain South. Long queues were seen at Madhav College, Model School and SC Hostel at Indore Road and Jaal Seva Niktan School. At some places, electorate were seen angry over the slow procedure of polling. Workers of BJP and Congress party created ruckus at Maharajwada polling booth in the morning. After getting information of fake voting at polling station located at Saidham Colony, flying squad reached at the spot and controlled the situation.
Administration deployed additional police force at the polling booths near Shastri Nagar and Sindhi Colony.Young electorate were seen excited to cast their votes as they reached at the polling booths in large numbers.Shobhita Jain was very excited to cast her vote for the first time. Some of the youths used the NOTA option which was introduced for the first time.
Some technical problem occurred in Electronics Voting Machines ( EVM) at a polling booth in Government Girls College, Dussehra Maidan. Immediately, presiding officer Mohanlal Fuleria informed SDM Shailendra Solanki about the problem. Though officials replaced the EVM, voting remained suspended for at least one hour. Seventeen votes were cast in that EVM. Administration got a shock after 20 EVMs had technical problems in Tarana constituency. District Returning Officer BM Sharma immediately directed officers concerned to replace the EVMs immediately.
According to the engineers, battery backup of EVMs were drained while some of them had minor damages.At several polling stations, officers and employees remained A physically challenged youth arrives at a polling station to exercise his franchise in Ujjain on Monday.
remained thirsty due to unavailability of drinking water. Ujjain Municipal Corporation had arranged ‘ matkas’ for drinking water to polling parties, but that were not filled. As per the directives of Election Commission, electorate who have crossed the age of 100 years had to undergo verification process. A 102- year- old electorate Tejabai, wife of Mohanlal, cast her vote at booth number 52 of Ujjain South.
Electorate were asked to stand in a second queue even after they had voter slips. However, police station in- charge Sanjay Pathak made a separate queue for electorate who had no voter slips at the table of BLO. Some BJP workers were also seen distributing voter slips at polling station number 53 at Sanskar School in Nagziri.Congress workers took objection over the issue.Young electorate Shubhita Jain showing ink on her finger after casting vote in Ujjain on Monday.
Villagers boycott voting in Ghattia
Electorate of village Borasa of Ghattia constituency boycotted polling on Monday. Electorate complained that the MLA did not construct roads in their village. Protesting against lack of roads, about 609 electorate, 302 male and 307 female voters, did not cast their votes at polling booth number 238.
MISMANAGEMENT IRKS ELECTORATES
One of the electorate Dr Naresh Purohit, a resident of 41, Subhash Nagar, Sanwer Road could not cast his vote despite having authorised voter ID card. His name was missing from the voters’ list. The officer concerned at the polling booth in Model High Secondary School told him that he cannot cast his vote as his name was not in the voters’ list. Several other electorate had the same experience and were deprived of their rights. Dr Purohit informed that he had lodged a complaint against issue with the Election Commission of India.
74 percent polling in district
District administration provided the tentative statistics of polling percentage in different constituencies of district at 8 pm on Monday. Clear data will be provided by administration on Tuesday morning.