Voting is underway in all 13 seats of Punjab and an equal number of seats in Uttar Pradesh, nine in West Bengal, eight seats each in Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, four in Himachal Pradesh, three in Jharkhand and the lone seat Chandigarh.
Voter turnout in different states:
Uttar Pradesh: 57.86%
More than 57 percent voting was recorded till 8:00 pm in 13 Lok Sabha seats of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, officials said.
An estimated 53.36 percent of over 1.52 crore voters exercised their franchise till 8:00 pm in eight Lok Sabha seats of Bihar on Sunday in the final phase of
the staggered general election, an official said.
Jharkhand on Sunday recorded 71.16 percent polling till 8:00 pm for three Lok Sabha seats, an election official said.
Voting began at 7 am in 6,258 polling booths. It will end at 4 pm. Rajmahal and Dumka are reserved for Scheduled Tribes (ST).
Long queue of voters are seen at polling booth. Voting started late at five booths due to technical snags in electronic voting machines (EVMs). A total of 45,64,681 lakh people are eligible to vote.
West Bengal: 73.51%
An estimated 73.51 percent of the 1,49,63,064 voters exercised their franchise in nine Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal till 8:00 pm, on Sunday, an Election Commission official said.
Madhya Pradesh: 71.44%
An average 71.44 percent voter turnout was recorded till 8:00 pm on Sunday in the eight Lok Sabha seats of Madhya Pradesh, an official said. Polling for the eight seats - Dewas, Ujjain, Mandsaur, Ratlam, Dhar, Indore, Khargone and Khandwa - in the fourth and final phase of Lok Sabha elections in the state was going on since 7 am, MP's Chief Electoral Officer V L Kantha Rao said.
Himachal Pradesh: 69.73%
More than 69 percent turnout was recorded till 8:00 pm on Sunday in four Lok Sabha seats of Himachal Pradesh where five MLAs, including a state minister, are among 45 candidates in the fray.
Polling began at 7 am in Shimla (SC), Mandi, Hamirpur and Kangra. EVM snags delayed voting at nine polling stations. Voting restarted after the nine faulty EVMs were replaced, a state election officer said. Webcasting is successfully being done in 776 booths, he added.
Amid reports of skirmishes and snags in electronic voting machines (EVMs), more than 62 percent voting was recorded till 8 p.m. for Punjab's 13 Lok Sabha seats in the final phase of the general elections on Sunday, officials said.Voting began at 7 a.m. in Patiala, Amritsar, Khadoor Sahib, Jalandhar (SC), Hoshiarpur (SC), Anandpur Sahib, Ludhiana, Fatehgarh Sahib (SC), Faridkot (SC), Ferozepur, Bathinda, Sangrur and Gurdaspur. Polling will end at 6 p.m.
In the state capital Chandigarh, 52 percent voting was recorded for the lone seat. Polling was halted for half an hour at Eelwal village in Punjab's Sangrur constituency when two factions of Congress workers clashed with each other outside a polling station. Three persons were reportedly injured.
Tamil Nadu: 50%
Brisk voting continued in the four Assembly segments in Tamil Nadu on Sunday where by-polls are underway, according to Election Commission figures. According to the 3 PM voter turnout statistics made available by the officials, three of the four constituencies recorded in excess of 50 percent, even as Aravakurichi registered 66 percent polling.Over 50 percent of the voters had cast their ballots in Sulur (58.16), Thirupparankundram (56.25) and Ottapidaram (SC) (52.17), while Aravakurichi recorded 66.38 percent. There have been no reports of untoward incidents so far.
The 13 polling stations where re-polling is underway also recorded an impressive voter turnout, some recording as high as over 80 percent. Re-polling was being held in these booths for reasons such as alleged irregularities and technical issues.
Around 50 percent polling was recorded till late afternoon Sunday in the repolling being held in seven booths in two Lok Sabha constituencies in Kerala where alleged bogus voting was reported in the April 23 polls.
The repolling has been ordered by the Election Commission in two booths each in Dharmadaom and Kalliassery, one each in Trikaripur, Pilathara and Taliparamba in Kannur and Kasargod constituencies where bogus votes were allegedly cast during the elections to 20 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
According to EC officials, an average of 50.64 percent votes were cast in the booths till late afternoon in the repolling.
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