Over 23.67 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the first four hours in Uttar Pradesh, where polling is underway on 18 seats to decide the fate of 328 candidates including Narendra Modi, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Arvind Kejriwal.

Domariyaganj recorded 23. 50 per cent, Maharajganj 24.20, Gorakhpur 23.60, Kushinagar 22.80, Deoria 25.40, Bansgaon 25.30, Lalganj 24.80, Azamgarh 23.40, Ghosi 23.10 , Salempur 22.80, Ballia 23.10, Jaunpur 22.00 , Mchchlishahr 22.60 , Ghazipur 24.00 , Chandauli 26.00 ,Varanasi , 22.80, Mirzapur 21.82 and Robertsganj 24.78 per cent votes were cast, election office sources said.

There were reports of technical snags in EVMs at some places which have been set right, they said.

In Chandauli, there were complaints of pictures of SP leaders being displayed on laptops in the polling stations which have also been removed, the sources added.

A report from Maharajganj said that there are reports of snag in polling machines in three polling stations of Nautenwa, Panera and Sadar and in a village in Ballia was boycotting polling.