Voters line up while following social distancing norms, and (right) a young man casts his vote at Noor Jahan Balika Inter College, Dariyabad on Tuesday
Prayagraj: The by-elections for the two wards of Dariyabad locality of the city were conducted peacefully on Tuesday. According to the returning officer, Ajay Kumar Chaurasia, 28% polling was recorded.
The by-election was conducted after the death of Ehtesham Rizvi, who had won on a Congress ticket.
Of the seven candidates in fray, three are contesting from different political parties-Congress, Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) and All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) while four are independent.
Prior to Rizvi, this seat was dominated by Samajwadi Party (SP) but the party did not field any candidate in this election instead supported an independent candidate.
Chaurasia said, “The by-election was conducted peacefully and 28% voters exercised their franchise. The voting was conducted at nine booths in three polling stations.”
The voters voted through EVM’s and prior to polling, the entire premises was well sanitized. For polling process, 36 personnel were deployed. The counting of votes will take place on May 6 at Sadar tehsil.