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59% voter turnout in the fifth phase of LS polls

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(Sherya Saran votes) (Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and his son Arjun Tendulkar show their fingers marked with indelible ink in Mumbai on Monday. (PTI)) (Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his family members show their fingers marked with indelible ink after voting in LS polls in Thane, Monday (PTI))

Maharashtra recorded the lowest voter turnout at 53%, W Bengal recorded the highest voting percentage of 73%.

NEW DELHI:

In the fifth phase of the Lok Sabha elections, over 59 per cent voter turnout was recorded in 49 constituencies in six states and two Union Territories on Monday, with Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir recording the highest ever voting percentage. There were sporadic incidents of violence in West Bengal, besides EVM glitches at some stalls in the state and neighboring Odisha and complaints of slow voting in Maharashtra. West Bengal recorded the highest voting percentage at 73.14, while Maharashtra recorded the lowest at 53.51 per cent, with six Lok Sabha constituencies in Mumbai witnessing a voting percentage between 46 per cent and around 54 per cent. Thane recorded a voter turnout of 49.81 percent, according to the EC’s voter turnout app.

The EC had on Sunday noted the apathy of urban voters in Mumbai, Thane and Lucknow and urged people to come out and vote. Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency, once ravaged by armed forces, recorded its highest ever voter turnout at 59 per cent on Monday, J&K Chief Electoral Officer PK Pole said. The Sopore Assembly segment of the parliamentary constituency witnessed a healthy turnout of 44 per cent after recording single-digit poll percentages for the past few decades. Bihar, among others, recorded a voter turnout of 53.78 percent, Jharkhand 63.06 percent, Odisha 62.23 percent, Uttar Pradesh 57.79 percent and Ladakh 68.47 percent. According to the EC, the figures were “an approximate trend” as the data was still being collected. According to the figures made available by the Election Commission around 10 p.m., the estimated voting percentage was 59.06. Scattered incidents of violence marred the polls in seven parliamentary constituencies of West Bengal where TMC and BJP workers clashed in parts of Barrackpore, Bongaon and Arambagh seats as well as Khanakul area of ​​Arambagh constituency.

Till 4.30 pm, the state CEO’s office received 1,913 complaints related to malfunctioning of the EVM and failure of poll workers to go to polling booths, among other things, an election official said. In the neighboring Hooghly constituency, BJP sitting MP and party candidate Locket Chatterjee faced protests from TMC activists led by TMC MLA Ashima Patra. A large contingent of police and central forces were rushed to the spot. Violence was also reported from various parts of the Howrah constituency. In Uttar Pradesh, Amethi recorded a voter turnout of 54.17 percent, Lucknow 52.03 percent, Rae Bareli 57.85 percent, Banda 59.49 percent, Barabanki 66.89 percent, Faizabad 58.96 percent and Fatehpur 56.90 percent. According to the Election Commission, Gonda recorded 51.45 percent votes, Hamirpur 60.36 percent, Jalaun 53.44 percent, Jhansi 63.57 percent, Kaisarganj 55.47 percent, Kaushambi 52.60 percent and Mohanlalganj 62.53 percent.

The voting percentage in Lucknow East Assembly constituency was around 52.25 percent. “There was no violence anywhere in the state. Around 250 complaints regarding slow voting and EVMs have been received by the EC,” said Navdeep Rinwa, Chief Electoral Officer of Uttar Pradesh. Three booths in Jhansi constituency in Lalitpur district reported 100 percent polling. According to reports from Kaushambi, voters in Hisampur Madho village boycotted the elections.