ULB polls in UP: 52% voter turnout recorded in first phase

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A voter turnout of nearly 52 per cent was recorded in the first phase of the urban local body elections in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday.

The voting commenced at 7 am and ended at 6 pm.

According to the State Election Commission (SEC), Varanasi recorded a polling percentage of 40.58, Lucknow 38.62 and Prayagraj 33.61.

The highest voting percentage was reported in Maharajganj (66.48), followed by Shamli (65.02), Kushinagar 64.11 and Amroha (63.41), according to a press statement issued by the SEC.

A polling percentage of 52.59 was recorded in the first phase of the 2017 urban local body elections. The polls were held in three phases in 2017 and the overall polling percentage was 53.

While the polling was peaceful at most of the places, incidents of violence and stone-pelting were reported from Amroha district of western Uttar Pradesh.

According to police, at least half-a-dozen people were injured in stone pelting. Amroha District Magistrate Bal Krishna Tripathi told PTI.

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