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LS polls: Over 61% turnout recorded in third phase of polling

May 8, 2024

New Delhi: A provisional voter turnout of around 61.5% has been recorded in the third phase of polling so far, as per EC data.

The highest polling was witnessed in BJP-ruled Assam (75.30%) despite overcast skies and light rainfall in most areas. While the official time for voting to end is 6 pm, it can go beyond fixed polling hours to enable voters in the queue who have come well in time to exercise their franchise.

Eleven states and territories including Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat voted on Tuesday in the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections amid searing temperatures. May 7 polling covered 93 Lok Sabha seats as BJP bagged Surat unopposed after the nomination papers of the Congress candidate were rejected and the others withdrew from the race.

Among the four Lok Sabha constituencies in Assam that went to the polls today, Dhubri recorded the highest voter turnout at 79.7%, followed by Barpeta at 76.73%, Kokrajhar at 74.24% and Guwahati at 68.93%.

West Bengal registered around 73.9% voter turnout, with largely peaceful polling in four constituencies of two Muslim-majority districts.

A voter turnout of 63.19% was recorded across nine constituencies in Madhya Pradesh that went to the polls in the third phase. The highest turnout was in Rajgarh with 73.63%, followed by Vidisha (70.48%) and Guna (69.72%). Madhya Pradesh had recorded 58.59% and 67.75% polling in the first and second phases, respectively. Lok Sabha polls in Madhya Pradesh are being conducted in four phases. The fourth, which is the last phase of Lok Sabha polls in the state, will be held on May 13.

11 out of the 48 Lok Sabha constituencies in Maharashtra witnessed a voter turnout of 54.98% in the third phase, according to election authorities. Among these, Kolhapur recorded the highest turnout at 63.71%, followed by Hatkanangale (62.18%), Latur (55.38%), Satara (54.11%), Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg (53.75%), Osmanabad (52.78%), Sangli (52.56%), Raigad (50.31%), Madha (50%), Solapur (49.17%), and Baramati (45.68%).

In Gujarat, a voter turnout of 56.83% was recorded across 25 constituencies, as per EC data. The tribal-reserved Valsad constituency reported the highest turnout at 68.66%, while Amreli saw the lowest at 46.11%.

A voter turnout of around 56% was recorded across five Lok Sabha seats in Bihar — Araria, Jhanjharpur, Supaul, Madhepura, and Khagaria — all currently held by the ruling NDA. Supaul witnessed the highest turnout at 58.91%, followed by Araria (58.57%), Madhepura (54.92%), Khagaria (54.35%), and Jhanjharpur (53.29%) by 5 pm.

In Uttar Pradesh, Agra witnessed 51.53 percent polling, Aonla 54.73 percent, Budaun 52.77 percent, Bareilly 54.21 percent, Etah 57.07 percent, Fatehpur Sikri 54.93 percent, Firozabad 56.27 percent, Hathras 53.54 percent, Mainpuri 55.88 percent and Sambhal 61.10 percent, the Election Commission (EC) said.

Voter turnout of 66.14% and 66.71% respectively in the first two phases has been marginally lower than corresponding phases five years back, with analysts blaming the summer heat and the lack of a single strong issue to motivate voters.

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