Brisk polling reported in Rajasthan bypolls

Over 27 per cent polling was registered in the bypoll to the Dhariawad (Pratapgarh) assembly constituency while the figure for the Vallabhnagar (Udaipur) seat was more than 23 per cent till 11 am.

Voting for bypolls to the assembly constituencies of Vallabhnagar and Dhariawad to decide the fate of 16 candidates began amid tight security arrangements at 7 am.

According to official information, Dhariawad registered 27.13 per cent voter turnout while the voting percentage was 23.30 in Vallabhnagar till 11 am.

The bypolls were necessitated due to the demise of Congress MLA from Vallabhnagar Gajendra Singh Shaktawat and BJP legislator from Dhariawad Gautam Lal Meena.

A total of 5,11,455 voters — 2,53,831 in Vallabhnagar and 2,57,624 in Dhariawad — will be able to exercise their franchise.

Nine candidates are in the fray for the Vallabhnagar seat and seven for Dhariawad, Chief Electoral Officer Praveen Gupta said.

A total of 638 polling booths have been set up in both the constituencies, and 119 of them are sensitive. Webcasting will be done in 64 sensitive booths and videography in 29.