Polling for fifth phase of UP elections commences
Lucknow: Polling for the fifth phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections covering 49 seats spread over 13 districts, including Bundelkhand region, began on Thursday.
Fate of 829 candidates, including that of Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly Shivpal Singh Yadav, BJP leader Uma Bharati and former UP Chief Minister Kalyan Singh would be decided by more than 1.56 crore electorates.
Polling for 49 seats in Firozabad, Kanshiram Nagar, Etah, Mainpuri, Etawah, Auraiya, Ramabainagar, Kanpur, Jalaun, Jhansi, Lalitpur, Hamirpur and Mahoba districts started at 7 am amidst tight security, Chief Electoral officer Umesh Sinha said.
The CEO said that polling was being held at 17,267 polling stations at 11,745 centres. While 2,104 stations have been identified as sensitive, 2,256 have been marked as hyper sensitive.
To check any irregularity at polling stations 981 video cameras and 2,100 digital cameras have been installed, Mr. Sinha said.
The fifth phase would cover Assembly seats in backward Bundelkhand region, bastions of SP and Kalyan Singh.
In this phase, Shivpal Singh Yadav is seeking re-election from Jaswantnagar seat in Etawah district.
Fate of firebrand leader Uma Bharati, who is making her debut in UP electoral politics, would be put to test from Charkhari seat in Mahoba district.