64.66 voter turnout in third phase of Lok Sabha polls: EC

NEW DELHI, APR 23 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 4/23/2019 11:49:28 AM IST

A high voter turnout was recorded in the third and largest phase of Lok Sabha elections Tuesday covering 116 constituencies amid complaints of EVM malfunctioning in many states and killing of a man outside a booth in West Bengal.

Election Commission officials put the voting percentage at 64.66. Final figures are likely to change as queues of voters were seen at several centres even after the scheduled time for voting ended.

With Tuesday’s polling, voting has been held in 302 Lok Sabha constituencies apart from

Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag seat.

In Gujarat, a turnout of 58.96 per cent was registered till 5 pm for the 26 seats. Key political leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, party veteran LK Advani, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Congress leader Ahmed Patel cast their votes at different places in the state.

Polling percentage was 70.28 by 5 p.m. in Kerala from where Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, party MP Shashi Tharoor and Union minister K Alphons are among those who are contesting.

In Karnataka, 60.42 per cent voters cast their votes in the 14 Lok Sabha constituencies.

An estimated 56.71 per cent of voters exercised their franchise till 5 pm Tuesday in the 10 Lok Sabha seats of Uttar Pradesh amid reports EVM snags at some booths. A turnout of 57.01 was recorded at the end of voting hours across 14 Lok Sabha constituencies in Maharashtra. 

Two Lok Sabha seats in Goa registered an average 70.90 per cent voting till 5 pm. Chhattisgarh saw a turnout of 64.68 per cent till 5 p.m.

In West Bengal, a group of men attacked 52-year-old Tiyarul Sheikh with sharp weapons following an altercation when he went to vote at a booth in Baligram Primary School under Bhagwangola police station limits in Murshidabad Lok Sabha constituency, police sources said. Congress candidate of Murshidabad Lok Sabha seat Abu Hena claimed Tiyarul was a party worker and was killed by TMC cadres.

According to latest data available from the Election Commission, an estimated 61 per cent polling was recorded in Odisha, 78.97 per cent in West Bengal, 71.47 per cent in Assam, 54.91 per cent in Bihar and 77.28 per cent in Tripura.

Polling process was briefly hampered with reports of EVM malfunctioning in some states. Voting was also held in one seat each in Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu. Lok Sabha polls are being held in seven-phases for 543 seats on April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19, and counting will be on May 23.

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