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Ballia backwards to cast vote for the first time on Tuesday

In the final phase of the ongoing Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls to be held on Tuesday, about fifty households in Ballia District will exercise their franchise for the first time since independence.

New Delhi/Ballia (UP), May 7 : In the final phase of the ongoing Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls to be held on Tuesday, about fifty households in Ballia District will exercise their franchise for the first time since independence.

Voters belonging to lower castes in Naugaon village of the District have reportedly not voted in any Assembly or Parliament election ever, due to pressure from some upper caste people in their villages.

But on Tuesday, they are expected to come out and cast their votes at booth numbers 60, 68A and 69 in Doaba Tehsil.

Ballia District Magistrate Ranjan Kumar told ANI that these voters are from the vulnerable section of society, and they would be escorted to polling booths.

"Poll observers appointed by the Election Commission, Ballia Superintendent of Police, and myself will escort them to polling booths. We will make sure that they cast their votes this time," Kumar said.

The record seven-phase election assembly for 403 Assembly constituencies will come to an end with the final phase of the polling for 59 assembly segments on Tuesday.

Security has been tightened in all the 59 constituencies. No incidents of violence and booth capturing have been reported during the 'unprecedented' month-long polls, which commenced on April 7.

Major leaders whose fate will be decided in the final phase are Ambika Chaudhary, Harishankar Tiwari, Mukhtar Ansari and Akhilesh Pratap Singh.

Counting of votes is due on May 11 and results are expected on the same day.

ANI

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