Ninety-three constituencies in the North, West and Central Parts of Gujarat will go into the second phase of polls today. Voter turnout for the first phase of the Gujarat elections for 89 seats, held on 9 December, stood at 66.75 percent.
The high-voltage campaigning in the state ended on 12 December. The results will be declared on 18 December.
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- Voting for the second phase of the Gujarat elections began at 8 am on 14 December
- A total of 851 candidates are in the fray for the second phase
- The electoral campaigns in the state ended at 5 pm on 12 December
- The voter turnout in the first phase, held on 9 December, stood at 66.75 percent
- The first phase of elections was marred by faulty EVMs reported across several polling booths
Ex-Guj CM Anandiben, PM Modi's Mother Cast Vote
Former Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel cast her vote in Ahmedabad today.
Polling For Second Phase Begins
Voting for 93 seats in the second phase of Gujarat Assembly elections has now begun.
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Security Beefed Up
Special deployment of the police has been made for the elections and for law and order.
Apart from the 112 general observers deployed by the Election Commission of India (ECI) for the Gujarat elections, 70 counting observers have been appointed by the ECI for counting of votes registered in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) which will be carried out on 18 December in 37 selected regions of the state.
To take care of the law and order situation, the ECI has deployed hundreds of companies of the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF), 12 companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) and 19 more companies of the State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) for the election.
During elections in the second phase, 1,700 of the critical poling booths will be covered under the web casting with constant monitoring of these booths.
Alcohol Seizure Ahead of Phase 2 Polls
In the 'dry' state of Gujarat, the police and administration have seized around Rs 53 crore worth of goods for violation of the state's liquor prohibition policy. The seizure was carried out as a special drive and a part of the election procedure.
Gujarat Gears for Second Phase
The second phase of the high-stakes election – with the BJP making a bid for a fifth term and the Congress attempting an electoral revival – will be held on 14 December.
Gujarat Campaigning Dust Settles; Stage Set for Ballot Duel
The curtains came down on Tuesday, 12 December, on campaigning for the second phase of polling in Gujarat, where the canvassing saw accusations flying thick and fast, with the top brass of the BJP and the Congress launching no-holds-barred attacks against each other.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi spearheaded the campaign for the ruling party and president of Congress Rahul Gandhi helmed the stumping for his outfit.
The Gujarat contest is being seen as a prestige battle for Modi in his home state, where a reinvigorated Congress has sewed up a broad social coalition with prominent Patidar, OBC, and Dalit leaders in its bid to unseat the BJP, in power for over two decades.
Counting for Both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh on Same Day
The results for the Gujarat state assembly elections will be declared on 18 December.
All You Need to Know About Phase II Elections
A total of 851 candidates are contesting in the second phase of Gujarat election for 93 seats.
There are 25,558 polling stations for 222.96 lakh voters in phase II.
851 Candidates in 93 Constituencies are in the Fray for Phase 2
An analysis of the affidavits of 822 candidates out of the total 851 in fray for the second phase of Gujarat Assembly polls, showed that 101 candidates – or 12 percent – were facing criminal cases, including serious charges such as murder, kidnapping and rape, according to two NGOs.
The analysis was carried out by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Gujarat Election Watch. As many as 64 candidates (8 percent) are facing serious criminal cases.
A party-wise analysis found that 22 out of 86 BJP candidates were facing serious criminal charges, while the Congress gave tickets to as many as 25 such candidates for the second phase of polls, a report by the NGOs said.
Party-Wise Details of Candidates
The BJP is fielding the most number of candidates with 93 aspirants, with the Congress close on their heels with 91. A total of 350 candidates will contest the elections independently, including Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani.
Financial Details of the Candidates
In all, there are 199 crorepatis contesting the election, 66 of whom belong to the BJP and 67 from the Congress.
Phase 1 Voter Turnout Dipped 3% From 2012
The final voter turnout in the first phase of the Gujarat elections for 89 seats held on 9 December stood at 66.75 percent, the Election Commission said on Sunday, 10 December.
The poll panel had earlier declared an estimated 68 percent voter turnout.
In the 2012 elections, 71.32 percent voter turnout was recorded in Gujarat for all the 182 seats.
EC Orders Repolling in 6 Booths
The Election Commission on Tuesday ordered repolling in six booths where first-phase polling was held on 9 December. The repolls will be held on 14 December.
Chief Electoral Officer of Gujarat, BB Swain, said the poll panel has cancelled the results stored in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) in six booths in four constituencies of the first phase of elections.
The presiding officers of these booths had forgotten to wipe out the mock drill poll results, necessitating the re-election.