45% turnout in Delhi's Bawana bypoll

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Voting has begun for Bawana Assembly by-election in Delhi. Ved Parkash had defected to AAP just ahead of the 2015 assembly elections.

"Of course polling on a working day had an impact on voting percentage but it also signalled that people did not come out to vote because they are annoyed with the government over its MLA switching to the BJP and AAP giving ticket to a former BSP person", Bahri told IANS.

Justice Vibhu Bakhru gave eight weeks' time to Baijal, asking him to pass another "reasoned order" after hearing out the arguments of AAP.

The BJP on Wednesday urged the Chief Election Commissioner A.K. Joti to de-recognise Aam Aadmi Party for violating model code of conduct during the by-poll to Delhi's Bawana constituency by pasting posters spreading disharmony in the constituency. However, Voting has now resumed.

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.

All three major parties are eyeing a victory in the bypoll which is being seen as the barometer of their political influence. The AAP had raised doubts about EVMs in Assembly polls and had demanded that paper trail should be there. Out of these voters, 1,64,114 are males and 1,30,143 females.

According to the office of the Chief Electoral Officer, the number of voters in the Bawana region are 2,94,589 voters. Out of 379 polling stations in the constituency, 311 have less than 1,000 registered electors, while 68 have more than 1,000 registered electors, officials said.

8 candidates in fray; BJP, AAP, Cong locked in a triangular contestNew Delhi, August 23The enthusiasm among the residents of Bawana Assembly constituency appears to have received a beating if the voters' turnout for the seat-which saw a decline from 2015 Delhi Assembly elections' 61.83 per cent to 45 per cent-is anything to go by.

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