33 per cent voter turnout in Delhi’s Rajinder Nagar till 3 pm

In the by-election held till 3 pm on Thursday in Rajinder Nagar assembly constituency, 33 per cent voter turnout was recorded.

Delhi Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ranbir Singh said that efforts have been made to encourage more and more voters to come to the polling booths.

The last hour of polling has been reserved for Kovid patients.

“The Kovid patients have been identified by the district administration. They will be brought to the polling station in an ambulance to cast their vote between 5 pm and 6 pm after the normal polling is over. Elaborate arrangements have been made for the patients who will be allowed to vote wearing PPE kits.

“We are hopeful that the polling percentage will increase as more people are likely to come in the afternoon. The constituency recorded 58.27 per cent polling in 2020, and we expect the number to go up this time,” he said.

The CEO’s office had made arrangements for drinking water, braille and sign language at all the polling stations. Pickup and drop arrangements have also been made for the elderly.

According to officials, the MCD has removed 47,180 distortions. “We have also punished the vehicles which were displaying posters and banners in an unauthorized manner. A total of 188 persons have been fined – 123 against AAP, 49 against BJP, and 16 against others. As a preventive action, 119 people were arrested. Action was taken against 8,708 people under the Delhi Police Act, while 36 people were arrested and 1,850 liters of liquor seized under the Excise Act.

The seat fell vacant after AAP’s Raghav Chadha was nominated to the Rajya Sabha. The results of the elections will be declared on June 26.