Gujarat Elections: Total Voter Turnout At 67.4%, Lower Than 2012

The voter turnout in the final phase of Gujarat Assembly elections stood at 68.70 percent. Voting came to an end at 5 pm on Thursday, 14 December. A total of 851 candidates were in the fray for 93 seats in north, west and central parts of Gujarat in the second phase.

The high-voltage campaigning in the state ended on 12 December. The results will be declared on 18 December.

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  • Voting in the second and final phase of elections in Gujarat came to an end at 5 pm on Thursday, 14 December
  • The final voter turnout for phase II stands at 68.70 percent
  • The overall voter turnout for both phases of elections was 67.4 percent, lower than that of the 2012 polls
  • Congress workers detained after they gheraoed EC office over PM Narendra Modi’s ‘roadshow’ in Ahmedabad
  • BJP president Amit Shah, former Gujarat CM Anandiben, and PM Modi’s mother, Heeraben, were among the first voters

Overall Voter Turnout in Both Phases Lower in 2017

The final voter turnout in both phases of the Gujarat elections stood at 67.4 percent. This is considerably lower than the 71.32 percent recorded in the 2012 polls.

Final Voter Turnout in Phase 2 Lower Than 2012

The final voter turnout in the final phase of elections stood at 68.70 percent. The turnout was lower than the 2012 Assembly elections, where 71.85 percent voters exercised their right to franchise.

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The voter turnout till 4 pm was recorded at 62.37 percent.

The voter turnout that till 4 pm was recorded at 62.37 percent in the second phase of Gujarat polls.

Voting Ends, Exit Polls Expected Shortly

Voting in the second and the final phase of Gujarat Assembly elections ended at 5 pm on Thursday, 14 December. Exit polls are expected to come out shortly.

Higher Voter Turnout Often Linked to Voters’ Belief in the Political Process

Voter turnout recorded till 2 pm is 47.40 percent. It spiked from 29 percent recorded till 12 pm.

Congress Workers Detained

The police detained Congress workers who were marching to the Election Commission in Ahmedabad to protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'roadshow' after casting his vote.

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LK Advani Gets 'Inked'

Senior BJP leader LK Advani cast his vote in Ahmedabad district's Jamalpur Khadiya.

LK Advani, senior BJP leader.

Voter Turnout till Noon

Voter turnout has been recorded at 29 percent till noon, in a drastic rise from the 11.71 percent recorded at 10 am.

EC Working Under Pressure from PM: Congress

Congress’ Ashok Gehlot alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's roadshow was a clear case of violation of the model code of conduct. He said the Election Commission appeared to be working under pressure from the PM and the PMO.

Congresss spokesperson Randeep Surjewala claimed Chief Electoral Commissioner was behaving like the personal secretary to the Prime Minister.

Randeep Surjewala, Congresss spokesperson It is a matter of shame for the Election Commission.

PM Modi Raises Eyebrows With Post-Vote 'Roadshow'

PM Modi after casting vote in Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati
PM Modi’s ‘roadshow’  in Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati
PM Modi shows off his ‘inked’ finger in Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati

Fewer EVMs Have Been Replaced Compared to Phase 1: BB Swain

Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer BB Swain said fewer EVMs have been replaced in phase two of the Gujarat elections.

Addressing a press conference, he said a total of 63 complaints of technical glitches in EVMs have been received so far. He added that 34 machines were replaced, while the others started functioning after technicians tended to them. Swain confirmed that no incidents of violence have been reported anywhere.

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Congress Slams 'Subservient' Election Commission

Announcing plans to hold a press conference later in the day, the Congress criticised the Election Commission for allowing Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make a spectacle of his voting. After casting his vote at the Ranip booth, the PM took to the streets of Ahmedabad to show his inked finger, while hanging out of a moving vehicle as a large crowd gathered around him. The Congress slammed what they termed a "roadshow" by the PM, and accused him of violating the model code of conduct.

PM Modi Arrives in Ahmedabad to Cast Vote

PM Narendra Modi arrived in Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati where he will cast vote at booth number 115.

PM Narendra Modi on His Way to Cast His Vote

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will cast his vote at booth number 115 in Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati.

The Quint Reports from the Ground

The Quint’s reporter Rahul Nair is live from Ahmedabad. Stay tuned for updates of the final day of polling in Gujarat.

Congress State Chief Bharatsinh Solanki, Former Cricket Nayan Mongia Cast Vote

Bharatsinh Solanki, chief of the Gujarat Congress, cast his vote in polling booth no 201 in Anand.

Bharatsinh Solanki.

Former cricketer Nayan Mongia casts his vote in Vadodara's Akota. Seemaben Akshaykumar Mohile of the BJP is contesting against Ranjit Sharadchandra Chavan of Congress in Gujarat.

11.71 Percent Voter Turnout in 2 Hours

11.71 Percent Voter Turnout in 2 Hours

Deputy CM Nitin Patel, Chief Electoral Officer Cast Vote

Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel cast his vote in Mehsana's Kadi. He is contesting against Congress' Jivabhai Patel. Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer BB Swain also cast his vote in Gandhinagar.

Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel casts his vote in Kadi, Mehsana.
Gujarat Chief Electoral Officer BB Swain cast his vote in Gandhinagar.

Patidar Leader Hardik Patel Casts Ballot

Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) leader Hardik Patel cast his vote in Gujarat’s Viramgam.

After exercising his right to franchise, Patel told CNN News 18, “Roti, kapda, makaan important to Gujarat voters.”

Congress' Alpesh Thakor cast his vote

Emerging Congress leader Alpesh Thakor cast his vote in Viramgam.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Gujarat to Vote

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley queues up to cast his ballot at polling booth no 961 in Ahmedabad's Vejalpur.

Former CM Vaghela Also Among First Voters

Former Chief Minister Shankersinh Vaghela cast his vote in Gandhinagar's Vasan village.

Former Gujarat Chief Minister Shankersinh Vaghela
Vaghela casts his vote in Gandhinagar’s Vasan village.

PM Modi to Vote Soon

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to arrive in Ahmedabad shortly, to cast his vote. According to reports, the PM will vote at a polling booth in the Nishan High School in Ranip, near the Sabarmati river.

BJP President Amit Shah Casts His Vote

Amit Shah and his wife cast their votes at the BJP president's former assembly constituency, Naranpura.

BJP President Amit Shah casts his vote in Naranpura.

Hardik Patel's Parents Cast Their Votes

Bharat and Usha Patel, parents of Patidar agitation spearhead Hardik Patel, exercised their franchise in Viramgam.

Hardik Patel’s mother Usha Patel casts her vote.
Hardik Patel’s father Bharat Patel casts his vote.

Modi, RaGa Urge People to Vote in Large Numbers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted this morning asking people to come out in large numbers and exercise their franchise by voting in the second phase of Gujarat polls.

Congress President-elect Rahul Gandhi also urged people to vote for a bright future in Gujarat.

Ex-Guj CM Anandiben, PM Modi's Mother Cast Vote

Former Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel cast her vote in Ahmedabad. Prime Minister Modi's mother, Heeraben, was photographed casting her vote at a polling booth in Gandhinagar.

PM Modi’s mother at the polling booth in Gandhinagar. 
Former Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel in Ahmedabad.

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 by ECI

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.

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