Delhi poll: Record voter turnout, 67% cast votes

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Delhi polls: Delhiites come out to poll
New Delhi, Dec 4: Delhi witnessed a record voter turnout on Wednesday, Dec 4. According to Election Commission (EC) sources, 67 per cent voters have exercised their franchise in the Delhi Assembly elections. Now, the fate of 810 candidates in 70 constituencies will be declared on Sunday, Dec 8. In the national capital, out of 12 million citizens, 4,05,850 were first-time voters.

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5.15 pm: Over 60 per cent turnout in Delhitill 5 pm

According to Election Commission, the voter turnout for the Delhi assembly elections was over 60 per cent till 5 pm. EC said that the percentage is expected to increase.

5.05 pm: 74.5 per cent voter turnout in New Delhi constituency

Reports suggest that New Delhi constituency witnessed 74.5 per cent voter turnout, whereas RK Puram and Greater Kailash witnessed approximately 80 per cent voter turnout.

5 pm: Polling expected to reach 75 per cent

According to Delhi Election Commission chief Vijay Dev, the voter turnout is expected to reach 75 per cent.

4.11 pm: 55 per cent voter turnout till 4 pm

Reports suggest that the voting percentage reached 55 per cent till 4 pm. With just one hour remaining, EC hopes that the voters turnout in huge numbers.

3.25 pm: 48 per cent voting till 3 pm

According to reports, 48 per cent voting was recorded till 3 pm. However the voting process continued peacefully with the number of voters increasing slightly in the capital. With just two more hours left for the polling to end, Delhiites are making one final attempt to bring in a change.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Only 48% voter turnout till 2 pm! Come on <a href="">#Delhi</a>. Step out and vote or stop complaining! <a href="">#DelhiVote</a></p>— Amisha Chowbey (@amishachowbey) <a href="">December 4, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Come on Delhi, go out and vote. Let's be heard. <a href="">#DelhiVote</a></p>— Rajneil Kamath (@rajneilkamath) <a href="">December 4, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

EC was happy with the turnout and said that it may go upto 70 per cent by the end of the day.

3 pm: Moderate to brisk voting in Delhi

Moderate to brisk voting was seen in the capital as 1.2 crore people are expected to vote today. Other than a few angry citizens, who alleged that their names were missing from the list, election officials said that ' so far polling was peaceful and there were no untoward incidents.'

2.52 pm: 46 per cent voting in New Delhi Constituency

According to reports, the voting in New Delhi constituency reached 46 per cent till 2 pm.

2.05 pm: 34 per cent turnout till 1 pm

The voting process in the capital caught some steam as 34 per cent voting was recorded till 1 pm.

2.00 pm: Abdul Kalam casts his vote

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam casts his vote. Kalam had to wait for over an hour due to the faulty EVM.

1.10 pm: Voters unable to find names in list

According to Firstpost, there were reports of some EVMs were malfunctioning, but soon the problem was rectified.

Many enthusiastic voters returned back without voting since their names were missing from the list. Some even complained that they were not allowed to vote since they had carried their cell phones and there were no arrangements made to keep the phones outside the polling booth.

Some even alleged that this was a conspiracy and sought re-polling.

1 pm: Shazia Ilmi casts her vote

Aam Aadmi Party candidate from RK Puram, Shazia Ilmi casts her vote.

12.40 pm: 23 per cent voting recorded till noon

According to reports, 23 per cent voting was recorded till noon. The voting is still underway, with the number of people slowly going up.

12.25 pm: Voting in full swing

"Sheilaji should win again, but lets see how AAP performs because they have been hyped a lot," said Digvijay Singh. There were some people who even praised at the way polling booths were conducting the voting procedure.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>Incredibly well organized voting at my polling booth. Election Commission, take a bow. <a href="">#DelhiVote</a></p>— Vikram Chandra (@vikramchandra) <a href="">December 4, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

11.50 am: Kapil Sibal casts his vote

Union Minister Kapil Sibal cast his vote and looked pleased at the number of people who had turned up to vote. "I appeal to the citizens of Delhi that they must vote for the right candidate," he said.  He was also hopeful of the percentage of people voting today will be high.

11.44 am: 17 per cent voting estimated till 11 am

According to news reports, 11 per cent voting has been recorded till 11 am in Delhi.

11.06 am: Rahul Gandhi confident of Congress' victory

After casting his vote, Rahul Gandhi praised Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit and said that she had done good work in the capital. "I think she will win," he said.

11.04 am: Modi is not a factor in Delhi: Dikshit

Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit said that BJP PM candidate Narendra Modi has no role to play in the Delhi elections. "There is no referendum for Centre, it's a vote for Delhi," she said. This election is about Congress and not me and Modi is no factor, she added.

10.48 am: 10 per cent voting till 10.10 am

According to CNN-IBN  10 per cent voting has been recorded till 10.10 am.

10.32 am: Rahul Gandhi reaches polling booth

AICC vice president Rahul Gandhi reaches Aurangzeb Road to cast his vote. Gandhi was seen waiting in a queue for his turn.

10.30 am: Priyanka Gandhi, Robert Vadhra reach polling booth

Priyanka Gandhi and Robert Vadhra reach polling booth to cast their votes.

10.25 am: 4 per cent voting till 9 am

According to CNN-IBN 4 per cent voting has been recorded till 9 am.

10.01 am: Sonia Gandhi, Sheila Dikshit cast their votes

Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Sheila Dikshit reached the Nirman Bhavan polling booth to cast their vote. They were later escorted by officials into the booth. Maneka Gandhi was also seen waiting in the queue to cast her vote.

9.35 am: Sheila Dikshit confident of winning

Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit, who is set to vote and eyeing a fourth term said that Congress was confident of winning the elections. "We will get votes on consistent and inclusive growth," she said. On asking whether she was worried about AAP's presence she said that she was not worried as the party will win with a huge margin. "It is too early for victory sign, right now my fingers are crossed," she said.

9.21 am: Long queues in polling booths

According to reports, there are long queues in front of the polling booths and many enthusiastic AAP volunteers, who are welcoming the voters.

9.10 am: Narendra Modi urges Delhi to vote

BJP'S prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi too tweeted and urged the people to go out and cast their vote.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote" lang="en"><p>As Delhi votes today, urging people in Delhi to maintain the trends of record turnouts in other states & go vote in large numbers.</p>— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) <a href="">December 4, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

9.02 am: Harshvardhan casts his vote

A beaming Harshvardhan stepped out of the polling booth after casting his vote. He then urged the people to come out and show maximum participation int today's election. "If Chhattisgarh's tribal area saw a high voter turnout, am sure Delhi can surpass them and we will record at least 80 per cent of voter turnout," he said.

8.40 am: Harshvardhan eyeing the big seat

Harshvardhan reached Hanuman Road polling booth to cast his vote. A confident BJP CM candidate Dr Harshvardhan left his house with his family to cast his vote. "We will have a hands down victory. and you will see on December 8," he said.

8.30 am: Kejriwal casts his vote

AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal too cast his vote from the Hanuman road polling booth. "People are ready. They have made up their mind to remove the corrupt," he said after casting his vote. Kejriwal, who is on a fast, urged people to do the same. "I am on a fast. I urge people also to maintain a fast and break it only after they cast their vote," he said.

8 am: Voting in Delhi begins

Delhiites stepped out of their homes to vote for in the Delhi assembly elections. This time it is a three-way fight between the BJP, Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party.

Key fights will be in the following constituencies:

New Delhi- Sheila Dikshit vs Arvind Kejriwal vs Vijender Gupta

RK Puram- Shazia Ilmi (AAP) vs Barkha Singh (Cong) vs Anil Sharma (BJP)

Greater Kailash- Ajay Malhotra (BJP) vs Virender Kasana (Cong) vs Saurabh Bhardwaj (AAP)

Patparganj- Manish Sisodia (AAP) vs Anil Kumar (Cong) vs Nakul Bhardwaj (BJP)

Krishna Nagar- Harshvardhan (BJP) vs Dr VK Monga (Cong)

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