India's Uttar Pradesh holds 2nd election round, amid row over exit poll

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The polling is now taking taking place for 69 of the 70 assembly seats as voting in Karnprayag constituency was rescheduled for March 9 following the death of a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate. The polling was peaceful.

Total electorate strength for this phase was 2,28,96,627. Polling for Karnprayag seat has been postponed for March 9, following the death of BSP candidate Kuldeep Singh Kanwasi in a road mishap.

The first phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017 were held on Saturday, February 11, and witnesssed a voter turnout of 64 percent.

The districts where polling is on, amid tight security arrangements, are Saharanpur, Bijnor, Moradabad, Sambhal, Rampur, Bareilly, Amroha, Pilibhit, Kheri, Shahjahanpur and Badaun.

Prominent contestants include controversial SP minister Azam Khan and his son Abdullah Azam, who are contesting from Rampur and Swar seats respectively.

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The 67 constituencies in Uttar Pradesh where polling was held today are spread over 11 districts of the western part of India's most populous state.

The main fight in the Uttar Pradesh is going on between the Samajwadi Party and the BJP.

A total of 628 candidates from different parties and independent backgrounds are trying their luck at the hustings this time round. Meanwhile, the hill district of Almora reports the lowest polling percentage at 52%.

The polling party set out on February 12 to reach the polling booth in Dhumak in Badrinath assembly constituency, which lies in Chamoli district, and reached late on February 14. Chief Minister Harish Rawat and his government have been accused of corruption, which may have an impact on the results.

Vijay Dev, Deputy Election Commissioner in charge of Uttar Pradesh, told a press conference that 117 electronic voting machines (EVMs) and 24 voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines had to be replaced during the polls.

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