Varied voter turnout in assembly bypolls in three states

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EVMs with paper trail machines, the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT), are being used in all the 379 polling stations in Delhi and 255 polling stations in Andhra Pradesh. Voting in the polling booths went smoothly in both the states.

For the Delhi byelection, over 2.94 lakh electors are eligible to exercise their franchise in the by-election for the reserved assembly seat that falls in north-west Delhi area.

Summary: PANAJI: Expressing confidence that the BJP would win the by-elections in Panaji, Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar said that he expected to win with a substantial margin.

The by-polls results will be declared on August 28.

Elections in Bawana were called after the sitting MLA, Ved Prakash from the AAP, resigned his seat to join the BJP. In Valpoi, Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, who quit the Congress to join the Bharatiya Janata Party after the state elections, is contesting against Roy Naik, son of Congress MLA Ravi Naik.

The by-election was held following the death of sitting MLA Bhuma Nagi Reddy in March.

The officials conjectured that multiple elections taking place in the city in quick succession could be a factor for the low turnout in Bawana, adding that voter turnout was "generally low" in by-polls.

However, the saffron party formed the government under Parrikar with the crucial backing of three MLAs each of the Goa Forward Party (GFP), Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), and three Independents.

The bypoll was necessitated after the death of Bhuma Nagi Reddy, who had quit the YSR Congress party to join the ruling Telugu Desam Party (TDP) past year.

Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar being among the early voters.

In Andhra Pradesh, heavy turnout of voters was witnessed in Nandyal rural and Gospadu mandals in the segment with women outnumbering men.

"Voting percentage was low because the other side had no traction", Parrikar said, adding that he was confident of the party winning by a huge margin, both in Panaji and Valpoi.

Though there are 15 candidates in the fray, the main fight is between the TDP and the YSRC.

In Goa, Panaji constituency recorded 70 per cent polling and Valpoi 79.80 percent, said Chief Electoral Officer Kunal. "The strong room will be under complete supervision of the Central Police force", Mohanan said.She said that naka bandhis are being conducted at eight places in Panjim and double layer naka bandhi at Keri check post in Valpoi.

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