Polling begins in Delhi amid tight security blanket

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New Delhi, Nov 29 (UNI) Polling began this morning in 69 out of the 70 Assembly constituencies in Delhi, amid tight security arrangements.

Despite the chill in the air, voters were seen standing in queues, waiting for their turn to exercise their franchise.

Some others were busy peering through the electoral rolls, looking for their names at the Voter Assistance booths.

Security personnel manning the booths were seen maintaining order.

Over 51,000 of them are being deployed to ensure peaceful polling across the 69 constituencies.

A total of 10.5 million voters, including 4.7 million women, are eligible to decide the electoral fortunes of the 863 candidates in the fray.

The Electoral Office has set up 10,676 main polling stations and 316 auxilliary polling stations to enable the voters to cast their votes.

A total of 13,390 electronic voting machines have been made available, which will for the first time in Delhi, also carry a strip in, Braille, containing details about the candidates in the fray, for the benefit of the visually challenged voters.

Election to the Rajinder Nagar seat has been postponed to December 13 following the sudden demise of BJP candidate and sitting MLA Puran Chand Yogi.

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