Allahabad: The stage is set for voting in
all the 12 Assembly constituencies of this district where the
fate of nearly 250 candidates will be sealed by nearly 38 lakh
voters on Wednesday.
Demographic changes made by the latest delimitation and
presence of rebel legislators fighting under different banners
after being abandoned by their parties are some of the factors
likely to influence the poll outcome considerably.
The sprawling district, which boasts of the largest
number of Assembly seats in the state, has a total of 37.70
lakh voters, up from 37.08 lakh voters in the 2007 assembly
polls, according to District Election Officer Alok Kumar.
The voters include 20.80 lakh men and 16.88 lakh women.
Kumar said a total of 3,707 polling stations have been
set up across the district and more than 100 control rooms
have been put in place where people can register their
complaints, if any, over phone or in person.
Incidentally, the district has witnessed a decline in the
voters` turnout over the past three Assembly elections in
Poll percentage in the district had stood at 51.91 in
1996, but dropped to 47.75 in 2002 and dipped further to 43.94
per cent in 2007.
Politically, elections in the district would be a
veritable acid test for the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party which
had registered an astounding strike rate in the 2007 Assembly
elections bagging eight out of 11 seats it had contested.
Against the backdrop of a nearly five-year-long rule
marred by several corruption scandals and allegations of
criminal activities against ministers and MLAs belonging to
the ruling party, the Samajwadi Party, the BJP and the
Congress which had managed to win one seat each in the last
Assembly elections have been engaged in frantic attempts to
improve their tally.