New Delhi: Around 29% of the 1.1 crore electorate turned up on Thursday at polling booths across the national capital till 1pm to exercise their franchise in the Lok Sabha elections.
Brisk polling was recorded in the morning soon after polling began at 7am at all the seven constituencies but some decline in voters’ enthusiasm was witnessed as the day progressed with the mercury touching 36 degree Celsius at noon.
President Pratibha Patil, vice-president Hamid Ansari, Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, her son and Amethi MP Rahul and daughter Priyanka were among the early voters in the capital.
The first four hours recorded a turnout of 18% but the figure climbed to only 28.96 % by 1pm.
The Chief Electoral Office east Delhi constituency, where sitting MP Sandeep Dikshit is contesting, had the largest turnout of 35.7% so far followed by south Delhi at 32.44%.
New Delhi constituency also saw brisk polling, recording 30% turnout. The voting percentage of other seats are: north-east -- 31.05, west -- 30, Chandni Chowk -- 26.52 and north-west -- 16.53.
Polling was also held for by-elections to the Rohtas Nagar Assembly constituency which had been vacated due to the death of sitting MLA Rambabu Sharma. Polling percentage here was 36.33.