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4th Phase Election 2019: 64% cast their votes in 09 states

The turnout in 2014 in these seats was 61.48 per cent

Monday April 29, 2019 11:54 PM, IANS

4th Phase Polling Nandurbar

[Scenes from a polling booth at Nandurbar parliamentary constituency on 29 April 2019 during Loksabha Election 2019.]

New Delhi: A voter turnout of 64 per cent was witnessed at 72 Lok Sabha constituencies spread across nine states which went to the polls on Monday in the fourth phase.

The turnout in 2014 in these seats was 61.48 per cent.

The polling percentage improved in Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Bihar while it was less in West Bengal and Odisha and marginally less in Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand compared to the last election. It was somewhat better in Rajasthan.

The poll percentage is expected to go up once all the votes cast are taken into account. The voting percentage was 69.50 per cent in the first phase, 69.44 per cent in the second and 68.40 per cent in the third phase.

Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said that voting process has been completed in two more states - Maharashtra and Odisha - after conclusion of fourth phase of seven-phase election.

Polling was also held in Kulgam district of Anantnag parliamentary constituency in Jammu and Kashmir where 10.5 per cent people exercised their franchise compared to 36.84 per cent in 2014. The seat is witnessing a three-phased election.

Of the states that went to the polls, Rajasthan saw a voter turn out of 64.5 per cent for 13 seats that went to the polls compared to 64. 48 in 2014. It was 65.77 per cent in six seats of Madhya Pradesh (64.84 in 2014), 63.39 per cent in three seats of Jharkhand (63.82 in 2014), 76.44 per cent in eight seats of West Bengal (83.38 in 2014), 58.82 per cent in five seats of Bihar (56.18 in 2014), 58.23 per cent in seventeen seats of Maharashtra (55.58 in 2014).

In Odisha, where polling was also held for 41 assembly seats alongside six Lok Sabha seats, the voter turn out was 68 per cent compared to 73.75 per cent in 2014.

In thirteen seats of Uttar Pradesh, the polling percentage was 57.58 per cent compared to 58.39 per cent in 2014.

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