AHMEDABAD: In the midst of tight security, the voting on 87 constituencies for the first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections started today.
The polling will take place in 48 constituencies in 7 districts of Saurashtra, on 35 seats in five districts of southern Gujarat and on four in Ahmedabad District.
Among all, 48 seats in Surendranagar, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Porbandar, Jamnagar, Amreli and Bhavnagar are considered very crucial and decisive.
Overall, a total of 846 candidates are in fray. For this phase, BJP has fielded candidates on all 87 seats going to the poll, whereas Congress is contesting on 84 and Gujarat Parivartan Party (GPP) on 83 seats.
The Election Commission has made tight security arrangements to ensure that voting is carried out peacefully by deploying security forces in the areas going to polls in first phase.
Out of the total 1,81,77,953 voters, there are 95,75,278 males, 86,02,557 females and 118 other voters who are likely to use their franchise.