The first phase of UP Election saw a bad weather with heavy fog. Amid bad weather the total voter turnout was 60.1% across 11 districts and 58 constituencies in Western UP. The voter turnout was lower than that of 2017 which then was 63.5%. The DMs of respective districts have said that it was a smooth and peaceful day with minor incidents at few places.
Shamli recorded the highest voting turnout of 69.4% by 6 pm. Muzaffarnagar district recorded at 65.3%, Baghpat at 61.3%, Gautam Buddha Nagar at 56.7% and Ghaziabad at 54.7%, Meerut at 60.9%, Bulandshahar at 60.5%, Hapur at 60.5%, Mathura at 63.2%, Aligarh at 60.4% and Agra at 60.3%.
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People braved heavy fog and chilly morning, stood in long queues outside polling booths to participate in UP Election 2022. Covid protocols were strictly followed at polling booths to ensure health safety of the citizens.
Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary and Shrikant Sharma, cabinet ministers were seen casting their votes. Union Minister SP Singh, State Education Minister Sandeep Singh also casted their votes. Sandeep Singh is also a nominee from Atrauli and he casted his vote in district of Aligarh.
The situation got heated in Kairana constituency because of fight between BJP’s Mriganka Singh and SP candidate Nahid Hasan. Apart from that officials had to deal with complaints of slow polling and faulty EVM machines, which kept them on toes. Nahid Hasan made complaints of slow polling due to lack of staff at polling booths. He also claimed that EVMs were malfunctioning.