Ahmedabad: India Prime Minister Narendra Modi cast his vote in the 2nd phase of assembly polls in Gujarat's Ahmedabad on Monday, December 5. He exercised his franchise at Nishan Public School, Ranip in Ahmedabad.
The Prime Minister greeted people on his way to the school before casting his vote. At the polling station, PM stood in the queue waiting for his turn to vote.
Earlier today, he called upon the people of the state to vote in large numbers. The voting commenced at 8 am today and will go on till 5 pm.
Taking to Twitter PM Modi wrote: "Calling upon all those who are voting in Phase second of the Gujarat polls, particularly the young voters and women voters to vote in large numbers. I will be casting my vote in Ahmedabad at 9 AM,"
Also, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will cast his vote in the 2ne phase in Ahmedabad today.
In 14 districts of north and central Gujarat, voting is being conducted in the second and final round for 93 Assembly constituencies. In the second round of the Gujarat elections, 833 candidates representing 61 parties are running for office. More than 2.51 crore voters will decide who wins or loses.
Nearly 36,000 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will be used, and the Election Commission has set up 26,409 polling places. In order to facilitate the polls, about 84,000 polling officers and about 29,000 presiding officers have been stationed in 14 districts.
Of the total 26,409 polling stations in Gujarat, 93 are model polling booths, 93 are eco-friendly booths, another 93 are handled by Divyang, and 14 are controlled by youth, according to Chief Electoral Officer P Bharathi. In the second phase, webcasting is taking place in 13,319 polling places.
A total of 2,51,58,730 people will cast ballots, of which 1,29,26,501 men, 1,22,31,335 women, and 894 people from a third gender, according to Bharathi.
Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Mehsana, Patan, Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Aravali, Mahisagar, Panchmahal, Dahod, Vadodara, Anand, Kheda, and Chhota Udaipur districts are home to the 93 seats that will go to the polls in the second round.