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3rd Phase LS Polls: Campaigning ends in 117 seats across 15 states

Since poll timings vary in different seats, the campaigning period also ended at different times

Sunday April 21, 2019 8:52 PM, ummid.com & Agencies

Third Phase Election 2019

New Delhi: Campaigning came to an end on Sunday in 117 constituencies spread over 15 States and Union Territories, which will go to the polls on Tuesday April 23 in the third phase of the mega seven-phase electoral exercise.

Since poll timings vary in different seats, the campaigning period also ended at different times between 3 p.m and 6 p.m., 48 hours before the voting closure time at each constituency.

The 48-hour period preceding the conclusion of voting is called the "silence period" during which any kind of political campaigning is prohibited.

Earlier, 115 constituencies were to go to polls in the third phase, while polling will be held in one phase of Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag constituency. Polling to Tripura East, which was slated in the second phase, was deferred to the third phase on security concerns.

As the silence period began, the election rallies and street corner meetings ended in 26 seats of Gujarat, all 20 in Kerala, 14 seats each in Karnataka and Maharashtra, 10 in Uttar Pradesh, seven in Chhattisgarh, six in Odisha, five each in Bihar and West Bengal, four in Assam, two in Goa, and one each in Jammu and Kashmir, Tripura, and the Union Territories of Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli.

Polling in the 1st Phase of 2019 Parliament elections were held on April 11. According to the Election Commission of India, polling across 91 Lok Sabha seats spread over 18 states and 02 Union Territories in the first phase of the seven phase elections was by and large peaceful, barring a few stray incidents.

Highest voting percentage was recorded in Tripura (81.8 per cent) followed by West Bengal (81 per cent), the Election Commission officials said. Bihar recorded lowest voting percentage with 50 per cent voters turning out followed by 56 per cent voting in Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh.

Polling in the 2nd Phase of the 2019 General election was held on April 18, 2019. A voter turnout of 66 per cent was recorded in 95 Lok Sabha constituencies across 12 states and a Union Territory, according to the Election Commission of India. Counting of votes will be done on May 23.

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