New Delhi, Feb 11: The Election Commission of India on Saturday said that 64.2 per cent of voting was recorded by the end of the first phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.
Elaborate security arrangements were made in all districts that went to polls on Saturday.
"3888 digital and video cameras were used, webcasting was done in 2857 places for first phase of UP elections. 2,96,906 troublemakers were identified and preventive actions were taken against them in first phase of UP elections," EC officials said.
"19.56 crore cash, 4.44 lakh litre liquor worth Rs 14 crore, drugs worth Rs 96.93 lakh, gold and silver worth Rs 14 crores were seized in first phase of polls. 13 cases of paid news were identified, out of which 10 have been confirmed in first phase of UP elections," ECI officials said.
Uttar Pradesh assembly elections is being keenly watched by the political pundits as Samajwadi Party and Congress joined hands ahead of the elections. While BJP is trying to knock the SP-Congress alliance, BSP is looking to come back to power in the state.