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New Delhi, February 8, 2020
About 55.18 per cent of the electorate exercised their franchise in the single-day polling in the elections to the 70-member Delhi Legislative Assembly held here today.
Official sources said the final voting percentage was expected to be slightly higher with people still waiting in queues at many polling stations at the end of polling hours and the final figures yet to come in.
Polling, 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, ended at 6 pm in all the constituencies. Polling began on a subdued note but started picking up towards mid-morning but was still lower than the turnouts recorded in the last Assembly elections in 2015 and the Lok Sabha elections in 2019.
Overall, it was a bright and pleasant day in the national capital today with a nip in the air throughout.
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, were in the fray for the 70 seats. There are a total of 1,47,86,382 voters in Delhi, 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, also made a determined bid to revive its fortunes in the national capital.
The Election Commission made elaborate arrangements to ensure free and fair polling. The Delhi Police 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 were eligible to exercise their franchise in today's elections.
Counting of votes will be taken up on Tuesday, February 11, and all the results are expected by that evening.