Maharashtra Assembly Polls: 'Fantastic' poll arrangements, say Navi Mumbai voters

Updated: Oct 22, 2019, 08:18 IST | Anurag Kamble | Mumbai

Maharashtra Assembly Polls: Polling booths located at ground and first floors ensure easy access; limited glitches also cheer up Navi Mumbai voters

Narendra Kedar and Snehal Kedar at Datta Meghe Engineering College, Airoli
Narendra Kedar and Snehal Kedar at Datta Meghe Engineering College, Airoli

Well-planned polling stations and personal assistance were waiting for voters in Navi Mumbai throughout Monday. The voter turnout kept increasing as the day progressed but remained low in both, Navi Mumbai's Airoli and Belapur constituencies as compared to 2014.

While Sunday was lashed by continuous rain, Monday was blessed with a bright sunny morning. Many Navi Mumbaikars ventured out early in the morning to avoid long queues. Many polling booths were either on the ground or first floor to make them easily accessible to senior citizens and divyangjan. Voters were pleased with the numerous polling booths which reduced waiting periods.

"During Lok Sabha elections, they had 12 polling booths, now they have 20, which shortened the queues," said 45-year-old, Atmaram Patil, who voted at DY Patil Engineering College in Nerul. "The entire staff was very helpful, it was fantastic!," he added.

"Many senior citizens vote early in the day to avoid queues, whereas youngsters vote early to upload selfies. Hence, we have seen good numbers in the first three hours," said Sanju Adhar Wade, corporator of ward number 12 in Airoli.

NSS, schoolkids volunteer
At many polling stations, volunteers of the National Service Scheme and schoolchildren assisted voters. At Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil College in Vashi, student Prachi Shelar said, "Often voters carrying improper IDs or mobile phones are sent back. We are here to prevent that."

Just one technical glitch
Most of the Electronic Voting Machines worked properly in both constituencies. Only one polling booth at the Income Tax Colony in Belapur reported technical issues wherein one machine stopped working thrice.

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    Kareena Kapoor cast her vote in Bandra. She also got her son, Taimur Ali Khan with her. Pic/Pallav Paliwal

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    Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan and his wife Gauri Khan in Bandra to cast their vote. Pic/Pallav Paliwal

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    Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray was accompanied by wife Sharmila Thackeray, daughter Urvashi Thackeray, son Amit Thackeray and wife Mitali Thackeray

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    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, wife Rashmi and sons Aditya and Tejas, after casting their vote in Bandra(East). Aditya Thackeray is a candidate from Worli constituency. Pic/Pallav Paliwal

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    Congress leader Priya Dutt and Owen Roncon voted at a polling booth in Bandra. Maharashtra has total 8,98,39,600 voters, including 1,06,76,013 in the age group of 18 to 25 years. Nearly 6.5 lakh polling personnel have been deployed at 96,661 polling booths across the state

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    In Mumbai, where it has been drizzling since last two days, Maharashtra state school education minister Ashish Shelar exercised his franchise at a school in suburban Bandra. Shelar is the BJP's candidate from Bandra-West seat

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    BJP leader Kirit Somaiya was accompanied by his family at a polling booth

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    Former encounter specialist Pradeep Sharma, who is contesting on a Shiv Sena ticket from Nalasopara was accompanied by his family at the polling booth

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    Shiv Sena MLA and Minister Ravindra Waikar after voting at Jogeshwari East Assembly Constituency.

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    Bollywood actress Dia Mirza was spotted at a polling booth at Bandra

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    Bollywood actor Aamir Khan caught on camera after casting his vote at St Anne's High School in Bandra

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    Sachin Tendulkar with his wife Anjali and his son Arjun cast their vote in Bandra. Pic/Atul Kamble

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    Kiran Rao was one of the early voters, she cast her vote in Bandra. Pic/Sneha Kharabe

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    Bollywood actress Lara with husband and tennis ace Mahesh Bhupati cast their votes at St. Anne's school in Bandra. Pic/Sneha Kharabe

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    Former actress Anita Raj cast her vote at St Anne's School in Bandra

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    Actor Atul Agnihotri at a polling booth in Mumbai with his mother. Pic/Pallav Paliwal

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    Bollywood producer and director Kunal Kohli is all smiles after casting his vote in Mumbai. Pic/Sneha Kharabe

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    Veteran Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ram Naik voted in Mumbai

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    Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) spokesperson Nawab Malik voted at Anushakti Nagar in Mumbai.

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    NCP chief Sharad Pawar with his son in law Sadanand Sule and her daughter Revati captured after casting their vote at BMC school at Tardeo

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    Anil Kapoor casts his vote at Jamnabai Narsee School in Juhu. Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi

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    Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit was spotted at a polling booth

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    Oscar-winning Indian film director, lyricist and poet, Gulzar came to vote at St.Anne's high school in Bandra along with his daughter, Meghna Gulzar. Pic/Sneha Kharabe

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    Indian writer, director and producer Meghna Gulzar exercises her right to vote at St.Anne's high school in Bandra. Pic/Sneha Kharabe

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    Prem Chopra cast his vote along with his wife at St.Anne's high school in Bandra. Pic/Prem Chopra

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    Bollywood actress Urmila Matondkar spotted in Bandra to cast her vote. Pic/Yogen Shah

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    Bollywood actor Varun Dhawan casts his vote at St. Joseph School in Mumbai. Pic/Satej Shinde

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    Riteish Deshmukh, wife Genelia Deshmukh along with the entire Deshmukh family exercised their right to vote. 

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    Yesteryear actress and BJP MP Hema Malini casts her vote in Jamnabai Narsee School in Juhu. Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi

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    Hrithik Roshan casts his vote at Jamnabai Narsee School in Juhu. Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi

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    Yesteryear actor Dharmendra casts his vote at Jamnabai Narsee School in Juhu. Pic/Sayyed Sameer Abedi

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    Deepika Padukone arrives at St.Anne's High School in Bandra to cast her vote. Pic/Sneha Kharabe

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    Salim Khan after casting his vote in Mount Mary Convent School in Bandra. Pic/Atul Kamble

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    Bollywood actor Rishi Kapoor posed for the media after he exercised his vote at St. Anne's school in Bandra. Pic/Sneha Kharabe

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    Bollywood actor Arjun Kapoor poses for the media after voting. Pic/Pallav Paliwal

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    Anushka Sharma exercised her right to vote with her family at Aram Nagar ground in Versova. Pic/Nimesh Dave

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    Maanyata Dutt casts her vote in Bandra, Mumbai. Pic/Yogen Shah

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    Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh also exercised his franchise. Pic/Yogen Shah

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    Bobby Deol and his wife cast their vote in Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2019. Pic/Pallav Paliwal

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