Maharashtra Bypolls Live: Low Voter Turnout Reported
Maharashtra is currently in the midst of bypolls for two Assembly constituencies, Kasba Peth and Chinchwad. Till 9am this morning, the voter turnout for Kasba Peth was recorded at 6.5%, while Chinchwad reported a turnout of 3.52%.
The bypolls were necessitated by the death of BJP MLA Prakash Shendge in Kasba Peth and the resignation of the sitting MLA in Chinchwad, Laxman Jagtap. Both the constituencies are currently being contested by the BJP and Shiv Sena.
The bypolls are being seen as an important test for the ruling coalition in Maharashtra, as the results will be indicative of the public sentiment towards the government and its policies.
The Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements to ensure smooth and safe voting. The Commission has deployed a large number of polling personnel, as well as police and paramilitary forces, to ensure that the bypolls are conducted in a free and fair manner.
The state government has also launched several initiatives to encourage people to vote. These include providing free transport to polling booths, setting up voter help desks, and launching an awareness campaign on the importance of voting.
The results of the bypolls will be declared on October 24. It remains to be seen if the low voter turnout will have an impact on the outcome of the elections.