Jaipur: Over 4.74 crore around 20% voters exercised their franchise in the first three hours of polling in Rajasthan today amid reports of EVMs malfunctioning at some polling booths. The polling began at 8 am and the voter turnout was 20.9 percent at 11 am reveals the officials.
At some polling booth, EVMs not working which delayed voting at a few polling booths. As many as 51,687 polling booths have been set up in 199 out of the total 200 assembly constituencies where polling is going on amid tight security.
As per the Senior Police Officer said polling was taking place peacefully and elaborate security arrangements are in place. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Congress Chief Sachin Pilot, and other leaders were among those who voted early in the day.
In the fray, Ms. Raje (Jhalrapatan), Mr. Pilot (Tonk) and former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot (Sardarpura) are among the 2,274 candidates.
BJP Chief Ministerial Ms. Raje is fighting against BJP leader Jaswant Singh son Manvendra Singh in Jhalrapatan, the constituency she has represented since 2003.
To make the competition more tough Manvendra Singh switched to the Congress just before the election, making the fight tougher for Ms. Raje this time. She has won 63 percent of the votes cast in 2013, winning the seat by a margin of 60,896.
Tonk, with a sizeable Muslim population, is a keenly-watched contest between Sachin Pilot and BJP candidate and Rajasthan Transport Minister Yoonus Khan, who is the saffron party only Muslim face in the elections.
It has seen that the BJP has initially fielded sitting Ajit Singh Mehta in Tonk. But in a change of strategy, the party dropped him and sent Mr. Khan to take on Mr. Pilot