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Kanpur LC bypolls witnesses low voter turnout

The Legislative Council by-election to Kanpur division graduates' constituency had a low voter turnout recording the lowest participation at 28 per cent.

The voting for the elections in which 13 candidates are in fray began at 8 am and no untoward incident was reported, EC official and Kanpur division Commissioner Mohammed Iftikaruddin said.

Out of the 252 centres for the polls, 181 are in Kanpur, 18 in Kanpur Rural and the remaining in Unnao district.

However, the voter turnout remained low in the three districts with 28 per cent in Kanpur which has around 1.77 lakh graduate voters, 31 per cent in Unnao with 39,000 registered voters and 50 per cent in Kanpur Rural against 16,000 voters.

The by-poll was required following the death of Jagendra Swaroop who had been the MLC from the constituency for the last 34 years.

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