Live Updates of Gurdaspur Lok Sabha bypoll

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2:40 PM: The device gives the voter using an EVM confirmation about the vote.

2:35 PM: The Lok Sabha seat fell vacant in April following the passing away of veteran actor Vinod Khanna due to cancer.

2:30 PM: Gurdaspur is the first parliamentary constituency in the country where all polling stations will have Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines.

2:25 pm: The AAP, the main opposition party in the Punjab Assembly, could play a spoiler for both the parties. The result will be announced on October 15.

1:22 PM: Over all Pathankot polling at 01.00pm 29.1%, 006 Qadian 27 per cent, 003 Pathankot 29 per cent at 1 PM

12:12 PM: Over all Pathankot polling by 12.05 PM is about 22.6 percent

11:00 AM: Sujanpur 6%, Bhao 8%, Pathankot 11%, Gurdaspur 15%, Dina Nagar 12%, Qadina 6%, Batala 14%, Fatehgarh Churian 15% and Dera Baba Nanak 14% voting till 10 AM

10:20 AM: Suresh Khajuria, candidate contesting from AAP casts vote at the polling booth

10:20 AM: Voting machine of Bhola village, booth number 93 has stopped from last one hour and voting started after an hour in booth 94

10:16 AM: At the same time, Partap Singh Bajwa, member of Rajya Sabha will cast his vote

10:15 AM: Over all Pathankot polling done by 11.2% by 10.05 AM

10:07 AM: The Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat has nine assembly segments–Bhoa, Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Dinanagar, Qadian, Fathegarh Churian, Dera Baba Nanak, Sujanpur and Batala.

9:50 am: Voters can be seen standing in queues at various polling booths in the morning for voting. As many as 15.22 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the by-election being fought by 11 candidates.

9:48 am: Of the total electorate of 15,22,922 in the constituency, 7,12,077 are women and 14 belong to a third gender, official said.

9:38 AM: Swaran Salaria BJP castes vote during the election with his mother

9:36 AM: Pathankot District, 5.5% votes polled till 9 am

9:35 AM: The BJP is trying hard to retain the seat, which Khanna had won four times earlier.

9:32 AM: The BJP’s win will also provide a breather to its ally Shiromani Akali Dal, which had been relegated to the third spot in the assembly polls.

9:31 AM: Amarinder Singh government is battling allegations of fake promises on its pre-assembly polls promise of farm debt waiver and free smartphones.

9:30 AM: The Congress, which had bagged 77 seats in the 117-member Punjab Assembly in February, is keen to keep the winners attitude.

9:24 AM: Of the total electorate of 15,22,922- 7,12,077 are women and 14 belong to a third gender, official said. Around 30 companies of paramilitary forces and 7,000 Punjab police personnel have been deployed in the constituency, as per reports.

9:12 AM: Voter-verified paper audit trail has been used at all polling stations. Votes will be counted on October 15 and the result will be declared on the same day, the official said.

9:06 AM: The Punjab government has declared a holiday on Wednesday in all offices, corporations, boards and all educational institutions in the district.

9:03 AM: The voting begun at 8 am and will continue till 5 pm. A total of 1,781 polling stations have been set up at 1,257 locations, of which 457 have been declared vulnerable and 83 critical.

9:00 AM: As many as 15.22 lakh voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the by-election being fought by 11 candidates. Of the total electorate of 15,22,922 in the constituency, 7,12,077 are women and 14 belong to a third gender, official said.

8:58 AM: Around 30 companies of paramilitary forces and 7,000 Punjab police personnel have been deployed in the constituency. “The election machinery is fully geared up to ensure a fair and peaceful bypoll,” said an official spokesman of the election office.

Gurdaspur will become the first parliamentary constituency in the country where all polling stations will have Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines. This device gives the voter using an EVM confirmation about his vote.

-PTC News