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Gujarat Assembly Elections Phase 1 Highlights: Polling ends on 89 seats, 59.2 per cent turnout till 5 pm

Gujarat Elections 2022 Phase 1 Highlights: Voting in the first phase of Gujarat elections which began at 8 AM on Thursday ended at 5 PM. A total of 788 candidates are in fray in the first phase of the Gujarat elections.

Gujarat Assembly Elections Phase 1 Highlights: Polling ends on 89 seats, 59.2 per cent turnout till 5 pm
Gujarat Election Voting Live: An elderly couple after casting their vote at a polling station during the 1st phase of Guajarat Assembly polls, in Junagadh today. (PTI Photo)

Gujarat Assembly Election 2022 Phase-1 Voting Live Updates: Voting ended for the first phase of the Gujarat elections for 89 Assembly seats at 5 PM on Thursday. The first phase of polling, in which 788 candidates are in fray, was held across 19 districts of Saurashtra-Kutch and southern regions. The final voting figures for phase 1 stood at 59.2 per cent, the Election Commission said. Barring a few incidents of EVM malfunctioning, the first phase of the Gujarat 2022 elections was largely peaceful. Polling began on a dull note with only 4.92 per cent of the electorate casting their ballot till 9 AM, but slowly picked pace and improved to 19.13 per cent at 11 AM, according to the EC data.

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Elections to the 182-member Gujarat Assembly are being held in two phases and the counting of votes will be taken up on December 8. The state goes to polls for the second phase of Gujarat elections on December 5. Even as the first phase of elections was underway, political parties indulged in campaigning for the second phase of elections. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed several rallies in Gujarat today, and Aam Aadmi Party leaders, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann held a roadshow in Ahmedabad.

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Gujarat election 2022 phase 1 voting: Voting began at 8 AM. Prominent candidates in fray are Isudan Gadhvi from Khambhalia seat, Gopal Italia, Rivaba Jadeja, Harsh Sanghavi, Kantilal Amrutiya, Manoj Sorathiya, among others.

18:51 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat elections: 59.2 per cent turnout till 5 pm in first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections

An average 59.24 per cent voter turn-out was recorded as of 5 pm on Thursday across 89 Assembly seats in the first phase of Gujarat elections, election officials said. While voting began at 8 in the morning and ended at 5 pm, the final turn-out would be higher as the process continued at the polling stations where voters had arrived before 5 pm and were standing in queues. The fate of 788 candidates will be decided in the first phase. – PTI

17:55 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat elections: Final voter turnout is here

Gujarat records 56.88% voter turnout till 5 pm in the first phase of the Assembly elections, reports news agency ANI.

17:11 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat elections: Polling ends

Voting ended for the first phase of Gujarat elections at 5 pm on Thursday.

16:45 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat Elections 2022: AAP holds roadshow in Gujarat

AAP leaders hold roadshow to campaign for the second phase of elections in Ahmedabad. Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, cricketer Harbhajan Singh, Rajya Sabha MP Raghav Chadha also present.

15:57 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat Elections 2022: 48.48 per cent voter turnout till 3 PM

Gujarat records 48.48 per cent voter turnout till 3 pm in the first phase of the ongoing Assembly elections. Tapi district has recorded the highest voter turnout at 63.98 per cent. followed by Narmada at 63.95 per cent.

15:54 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat election: Voter turnout recorded at 48.48%

According to the Election Commission, 48.48% voter turnout recorded till 3 pm in the first phase of Gujarat Elections 2022.

15:28 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat elections 2022: Voting deliberately slow in Katargam, alleges Gopal Italia

AAP candidate from Katargam Gopal Italia alleges that voting is being “deliberately” conducted in a slow manner in the constituency. He alleges that around 3.5 per cent voting has taken place in the entire state, but only 1.41 per cent voting has taken place in Katargam.

https://twitter.com/Gopal_Italia/status/1598180892287324160

15:17 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat elections: Case registered at Vansda police station

BJP alleges that supporters of Congress candidate from Vansda Anant Patel attacked BJP candidate Piyush Patel. DSP Navsari SK Rai said that a case has been registered at the Vansda police station.

15:14 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat polls: BJP candidate from Vansda Piyush Patel attacked

BJP candidate from Vansda Piyush Patel was allegedly attacked by unknown people late on Wednesday night, reported news agency ANI.

He alleged that he was travelling from Pratapnagar to Vandervela village with his supporters when he was attacked. Further, Patel alleged that the miscreants had pelted stones and also attempted to vandalise his car. He sustained injuries on his head and was admitted to a hospital.

15:11 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat polls: PM Modi campaigns for second phase of polls

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets people in Kalol to campaign for the second phase of elections.

15:09 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat Polls: Second complaint on TV channels airing opinion polls, alleges Congress

Congress spokesperson Alok Sharma said that the party has filed a second complaint about electronic channels which have been showing visual bytes of the BJP, so as to influence voters. He said that it is against the EC guidelines to air opinion or exit polls.

Sharma further said that no programmes should be aired which will even remotely sound like an opinion poll.

15:06 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat polls: Congress alleges EVMs not working

Congress submits a complaint to Election Commission saying that EVMs were not working in at least 50 polling booths, which were located mostly in the Saurashtra region.

“We have submitted a written complaint on the non-functioning of EVMs and a lot of time is being taken to replace them. We have submitted a list of places where the EVMs are not working. There are around 50 polling booths where this problem has arisen and many of them are in Saurashtra, which includes Jamnagar and Rajkot. These should be rectified quickly so that maximum polling can happen,” said Alok Sharma, national spokesperson for the Congress, as quoted by The Indian Express.

14:31 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat elections: Union minister Parshottam Rupala casts his vote.

Union minister Parshottam Rupala also casts his vote for the first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections in Amreli. Gujarat BJP vice president Mahendrasinh Sarvaiya also casts his vote from the Chaturbhuj Vidyalaya polling booth in Palitana, Bhavnagar.

Gujarat Home Minister Harsh Sanghavi and state BJP chief CR Paatil have also cast their votes in Surat.

14:27 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat polls: Nimaben Acharya casts vote

Gujarat state Assembly speaker Nimaben Acharya also cast her vote for the first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections at a polling station in Bhuj.

14:26 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat Polls: Union minister Darshana Jardosh casts vote

Union minister Darshana Jardosh casts her vote. After casting vote, Jardosh exuded confidence over BJP's win in the elections, and said that the saffron party will come with an absolute majority.

13:47 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat Election: Competition among Cong leaders to abuse me, says PM at poll rally

While addressing a poll rally in Gujarat's Panchmahal on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said there is a competition among Congress leaders as to who will use the most abusive words against him. He was referring to Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge's recent 'Ravan' jibe at him.

Before Kharge, another Congress leader had said the party will show PM Modi his 'aukat' (place), the PM said, apparently referring to Madhusudan Mistry's remark.

Kharge on Monday night addressed a rally in Behrampura area of Ahmedabad city where he said the prime minister asks people to vote “looking at his face” in all elections. “Are you 100-headed like Ravan,” he had said.

(With inputs from PTI)

13:29 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat Election: Voter turnout at 26 per cent till 12 in Rajkot, says Collector

“People are voting very enthusiastically. In Rajkot district, 26 per cent polling has been recorded till 12 noon. No untoward incident has been reported so far. We are monitoring sensitive polling stations through webcasting,” Rajkot Collector Arun Mahesh told ANI.

13:20 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat Elections: Man reschedules wedding to cast vote

Prafulbhai More, a man whose wedding is scheduled for today, casts his vote in Tapi, ANI reported. More said, “I urge everyone to vote, you shouldn't waste it. My wedding was scheduled for the morning but I rescheduled it for the evening, we've to go to Maharashtra for it.”

13:12 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat Elections: Tapi district records the highest turnout till 11 AM

An average 19.13 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 11 AM on Thursday, as first phase of election is underway, according to news agency PTI. Tapi district recorded the highest turnout 26.47 per cent, which was followed by Dang – 24.99 per cent. Meanwhile, Devbhumi Dwarka district recorded the lowest 15.86 per cent turnout so far. In Surat district, 17.92 per cent polling was recorded, while in Amreli it was 19 per cent.

12:55 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat elections: Bhupendra Patel holds roadshow

Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel held a roadshow in Mehsana district which will go on polls in the second phase of elections. The roadshow is being held as polling is underway in the state for the first phase of elections across 89 Assembly constituencies.

12:52 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat Elections: Royal family casts their votes

Rajkot royal family members Mandhatasinh Jadeja, Kadambaridevi Jadeja and Mridulakumari Jadeja arrive in a vintage car to cast votes at a polling station during the first phase of elections, in Rajkot. (Photo by PTI)

12:37 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat Polls: Alpesh Kathiriya contesting from Varaccha Road seat

AAP candidate Alpesh Kathiriya, who is contesting from the Varachha Road seat, was earlier with Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the student wing of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). He started his political stint with the Congress before jumping into the BJP.

Alpesh Kathiriya is the convenor of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS).

12:31 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat Election: Alpesh Kathiriya casts his vote

AAP candidate Alpesh Kathiriya casts his vote in Surat. The prominent Patidar leader, who was part of the 2015 Patidar agitation, had joined the AAP in October in the presence of Arvind Kejriwal in Gariadhar city of Bhavnagar district.

12:29 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat Elections: Amit Shah holds roadshow in Ahmedabad

Union Home minister Amit Shah holds a roadshow in Sanand in Ahmedabad to campaign for the second phase of elections.

12:07 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat Polls: 18.95 pc voter turnout recorded till 11 AM

A total of 18.95 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 11 am in the first phase of elections.

12:05 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat elections: Mansukh Mandaviya casts his vote

Union Health Minister and BJP leader Mansukh Mandaviya casts his vote in Hanol, Bhavnagar.

10:50 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat elections: Vote to form honest youth govt, says AAP’s Gopal Italia

Aam Aadmi Party leader Gopal Italia casts his vote. Italia is contesting from the Katargam constituency.

10:29 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat elections: Porbandar records lowest voter turnout so far

According to a PTI report, Surat district recorded a turnout of about 4%, while Dang and Tapi, two tribal-dominated districts in the south region recorded brisk voting 7.76% and 7.25%, respectively.

Porbandar recorded the lowest turnout of 3.92% so far, while Kutch district reported 5% polling, the EC said in its latest update.

10:15 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat polls: There’s a neck-to-neck fight in Ankleshwar: Late Cong leader Ahmed Patel’s daughter

Mumtaz Patel, late senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel's daughter, said, “We are advocating a change. Chief Ministers were changed, so they can feel anti-incumbency. There is a neck-to-neck fight here (Ankleshwar).” The voter turnout in the first phase of the assembly polls was 4.92% till 9 am.

09:49 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat elections: PM to hold more than 30-km-long roadshow in Ahmedabad

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Thursday lead a more than 30-km-long roadshow in Ahmedabad city, where polling will be held in the second phase of the Gujarat Assembly elections.

Voting is underway on Thursday for the first phase of elections in 89 seats of Saurashtra and south Gujarat regions, while the polling in the remaining 93 seats including 16 of Ahmedabad city will take place on December 5.

Modi's mega roadshow will start from Naroda Gam area on the eastern side of Ahmedabad in the afternoon and end at the IOC circle in Chandkheda area on the city's western side in the evening, the BJP said in a release.

The roadshow will pass through various parts of the city including Hirawadi, Hatkeshwar, Maninagar, Danilimda, Jivraj Park, Ghatlodia, Naranpura and Sabarmati. It will cover 13 seats of Ahmedabad city as well as Gandhinagar-South, the release further stated. – PTI

09:25 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat elections: Promises by parties

The AAP has anchored its campaign around a host of “guarantees” such as free electricity up to 300 units a month, unemployment allowance and government jobs.

Congress promised a cooking gas cylinder for Rs 400, free electricity and English medium schools, among others.

The BJP seems firm on the ground with its development and Hindutva agenda, the promise of 20 lakh jobs, setting up of an 'anti-radicalisation' cell, and implementation of the Uniform Civil Code in the state.

09:21 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat elections: CR Paatil casts his vote

Gujarat BJP chief CR Paatil casts his vote for at a polling station in Surat.

09:03 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat Elections: Vote in large numbers, says Rahul Gandhi

There is an appeal to all the brothers and sisters of Gujarat, vote…for employment, cheap gas cylinder, for loan waiver of farmers For the progressive future of Gujarat, vote in large numbers and make this festival of democracy a success, says Rahul Gandhi.

09:00 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Watch: Congress MLA Paresh Dhanani leaves residence in cycle

Congress MLA Paresh Dhanani leaves his residence, to cast his vote, with a gas cylinder on a bicycle to highlight soaring prices issue.

Watch –

https://twitter.com/ANI/status/1598152191914934272

08:55 (IST) 1 Dec 2022
Gujarat: Confident that BJP is going to form govt for seventh time, says Vijay Rupani

“I appeal to people to cast their votes. Voting is necessary to safeguard democracy. I am confident that BJP is going to form the Govt in Gujarat for the seventh time. People have love and respect for PM Modi, they won't go anywhere else,” says Vijay Rupani. (ANI)

Prominent candidates in fray in the first phase of elections included AAP’s chief ministerial candidate Isudan Gadhvi from Khambhalia seat, BJP’s Kantilal Amrutiya from Morbi, BJP’s Kunwarji Bavaliya from Jasdan, Congress’ Paresh Dhanani from Amreli, AAP’s Alpesh Kathiriya from Varaccha Road, and AAP’s state unit president Gopal Italia from Katargam.

First published on: 01-12-2022 at 07:00 IST