Maharashtra LS Elections: 116 candidates to contest in the first phase

In Mumbai, almost 11 candidates have filed their nomination from LS constituencies

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In the first phase of Lok Sabha elections, almost 116 candidates are contesting the polls from various constituencies in Maharashtra. In the state, the LS polls will be held in four phases and almost 1.30 crore voters will be casting their votes in the first phase on April 11. 

Almost 1,30,35,000 people will be casting their votes at 14,919 polling booths in Maharashtra in the concerned LS constituencies for the first phase of elections. In Mumbai, only 11 candidates have filed their nomination from LS constituencies. 

Of the total 1.3 crore voters, 66.71 lakh are males, 63.64 are females while 181 voters belong to third gender category. Almost 44,000 EVM and 20,000 Voter-verified paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines will be used for the polling process. Moreover, 73,837 government employees have been deputed to conduct the voting process. 

In the first phase, voting will be held in Wardha, Ramtek, Nagpur, Bhandara-Gondiya, Gadchiroli-Chimur, Chandrapur, and Yavatmal-Washim. Keeping the increasing heat in mind, Election Commission (EC) has ordered to install facilities for drinking water.

Two ballot units have been positioned at polling stations along with one control unit which has more than 15 candidates. In the first phase, along with 20,000 VVPAT machines, 26,000 ballot units and 18,000 control units have been provided for the polls. 

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Maharashtra government has declared a public holiday on the dates of polling The notification issued by the Maharashtra government will be applicable for the state and central government offices followed by semi-government offices, public enterprise, and educational institutions. This will also apply to the employees who work outside their constituency.

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