68.70 pc voting in phase 2 of Gujarat polls

Ahmedabad, Dec 14: An estimated 68.70 per cent polling was today recorded in the second and final phase of the Assembly elections covering 93 seats in Gujarat, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi hogged the limelight for a roadshow that has come under the EC scanner.
Barring stray incidents of violence, the polling, spread across 14 districts in central and north Gujarat, was peaceful.
Modi stood in a queue to cast his vote in a polling booth set up in a school in Sabarmati in Ahmedabad.
After exercising his franchise, the prime minister walked a few metres and then briefly travelled on the foot-board of his car flashing his inked finger to the people who had gathered on the both sides of the road.
The Congress termed the event as a “roadshow”, which, it claimed, violated the Model Code of Conduct. The main opposition party promptly lodged a complaint with the Election Commission (EC), which ordered an inquiry.
“Approximately 68.70 per cent polling took place in the second phase of Gujarat polls,” a release issued by the office of Chief Electoral Officer B B Swain said.
In the second phase, around 2.22 crore people were eligible to exercise their franchise to choose their representatives from among 851 candidates in the fray.
“The highest voting was recorded in Sabarkantha district at 77 per cent, while the lowest was recorded in Dahod at 60 per cent. The Ahmedabad district posted the second lowest voter turnout at 63 per cent,” it said.
In the first phase on December 9, which covered 89 seats of Kutch, Saurashtra and south Gujarat, the voter turnout was 66.75 per cent. In the 2012 elections, the overall turnout was 71.32 per cent for all the 182 seats. (Agencies)