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Qutub Minar Shines Bright: ‘Chunav Ka Parv’ Celebration Marks Phase 2 of General Elections 2024

The Qutub Minar in New Delhi has embraced the spirit of ‘Jashn-e-Matdan’ with its dazzling display of the ‘Chunav Ka Parv’ theme.

Amidst the ongoing Lok Sabha elections since April 19, the nation is abuzz with democratic fervour. Adding to the excitement, the Qutub Minar in New Delhi has embraced the spirit of ‘Jashn-e-Matdan’ with its dazzling display of the ‘Chunav Ka Parv’ theme.

The Election Commission, on Saturday, shared a captivating video showcasing the iconic Qutub Minar illuminated to honour the essence of elections and voting. Encouraging participation, the ECI conveyed on social media, “… Let’s mark this celebration by exercising our right to vote #GeneralElections2024.”

Phase 2 of the 2024 general elections took place on Friday, spanning across 88 parliamentary constituencies with polling commencing at 7 am. The voter turnout was estimated at around 64%, despite the challenging weather conditions, as citizens from 13 states and one Union Territory stepped out to fulfill their civic duty. From newlyweds to seniors, from tribals to IT professionals, and including persons with disabilities, women, and youth, all enthusiastically cast their votes at designated polling centers. To ensure voter comfort, arrangements such as provision of drinking water, medical kits, and fans were made at polling stations.

Security measures were rigorously enforced at polling centers to uphold law and order, with webcasting reportedly conducted at over 100,000 polling stations. Many polling officials and voters embraced the festive spirit by donning traditional attire, showcasing the cultural diversity of the nation. In Rajasthan’s Sikar constituency, women voters adorned traditional clothing, while in Karnataka’s Varuna constituency, polling staff welcomed voters in traditional garb.

Notably, Phase 2 witnessed a historic moment as voters from 46 villages in Bastar and Kanker constituencies in Chhattisgarh cast their votes in polling booths set up within their own villages for the first time in general elections. A total of 102 new polling stations were established across these constituencies for Phase 1 and Phase 2 elections, marking a significant step towards enhancing electoral accessibility and inclusivity.

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