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About 27.48 per cent of the electorate had turned out to exercise their franchise in the first six hours of polling in the elections to the 70-member Delhi Legislative Assembly here today.
Polling, being held amidst tight security, was by and large peaceful with no untoward incident reported from anywhere, official sources said.
Voting, which began at 8 am, will end at 6 pm in all the constituencies. Large numbers of voters were seen outside many polling booths mid-morning as the national capital experienced a bright and pleasant winter morning, with a slight nip in the air.
The voter turnout was a bit slow in the early hours but seemed to have picked later towards noon.
President Ram Nath Kovind, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Union Ministers S Jaishankar and Harsh Vardhan and Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were among the early voters.
A total of 672 candidates, including 593 men and 79 women, are in the fray for the 70 seats and their electoral fate will be decided by 1,47,86,382 voters, including 81,05,236 men, 66,80,277 women and 869 others.
The ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led by Chief Minister Kejriwal is aiming to retain power for another term, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is in power at the Centre, is hoping to regain power after more than two decades. The Congress, which was in office for three consecutive terms before AAP came on the scene, is also making a determined bid to revive its fortunes in the national capital.
The Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements to ensure free and fair polling. The Delhi Police has deployed more than 42,000 personnel as well as several companies of paramilitary forces and thousands of home guards to ensure there are no untoward incidents.
More than 2.32 lakh first-time voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in these elections.
Counting of votes will be taken up on Tuesday, February 11, and all the results are expected by that evening.