The sixth phase of Lok Sabha polls witnessed a turnout of 63.3 percent as 59 parliamentary constituencies in seven states voted Sunday, the Election Commission said.
The sixth phase of polling was held for eight seats in Bihar, all 10 seats in Haryana and all seven in Delhi, four in Jharkhand, eight in Madhya Pradesh, 14 in Uttar Pradesh and eight in West Bengal.
Uttar Pradesh: 54 percent
Over 54 percent polling was reported till 6 pm in 14 Lok Sabha constituencies of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, an official said.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Union minister Maneka Gandhi are among the key contestants in the state in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha polls.
"The average polling percentage in this phase in the state was 54.12 percent this time," state Chief Electoral Officer L Venkateswarlu told reporters here.
While Ambedkar Nagar recorded the highest turnout of 58.78 percent, enthusiasm among voters was least in Allahabad, where 50.58 percent exercised their franchise.
According to the Election Commission, the polling percentage in rest of the seats are: 54.56 percent in Sultanpur, 53.20 percent in Pratapgarh, 51.38 percent in Phulpur, 51.41 percent in Shrawasti, 51.80 percent in Domariyaganj, 58 percent in Basti, 53.30 percent in Sant Kabir Nagar, 55.70 percent in Lalganj, 56.20 percent in Azamgarh, 54.80 percent in Jaunpur, 53.20 percent in Machlishahar and 54.76 percent in Bhadohi.
Altogether, 177 candidates are contesting in these 14 constituencies, where 2.53 crore people are eligible to vote at 16,998 polling centres.
Delhi: 59.8 percent
A turnout of 59.8 percent was recorded in elections for Delhi's seven parliamentary constituencies on Sunday, the Election Commission said.
With this fate of 164 candidates of various political parties including former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, state BJP chief Manoj Tiwari, cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir and boxer Vijender Singh has been sealed in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs).
Polling began on Sunday morning in all seven constituencies in the state in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha elections.
Over 1.43 crore people in Delhi were eligible to vote in this election. Out of total 164 candidates, 18 are women while there are 43 Independent candidates.
Madhya Pradesh: 64 percent
A voter turnout of 64.01 percent was recorded till 6 pm in the eight Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh that went to polls on Sunday, an official said.
Of the 29 Lok Sabha seats in the state, six went to polls in the fourth phase on April 29 and seven in the fifth phase on May 6. After the polling on Sunday, the rest eight seats in Madhya Pradesh will be held in the final phase on May 19.
Voting on Sunday started at 7 am in Bhopal, Morena, Bhind, Gwalior, Guna, Sagar, Vidisha and Rajgarh constituencies in the sixth phase of the general elections.
The official said voting was peaceful across the state.
Constituency-wise polling percentage at the end of official polling time, which was 6 pm, was Morena 60.67 percent, Bhind 53.09 percent, Gwalior 59.60 percent, Guna 66.82 percent, Sagar 65.27 percent, Vidisha 69.87 percent, Bhopal 65.33 percent and Rajgarh 72.47 percent, he said.
Haryana: 67.40 percent
Around 67.40 percent voters on Sunday sealed the fate of 223 candidates, including two union ministers and a former chief minister, in the general elections held for the 10 Lok Sabha seats in Haryana.
In the 2014 general election, the overall poll percentage stood at 71.86.
State Joint Chief Electoral Officer Inderjeet Singh said till compiling of figures at 9 pm, over 67 percent voters exercised their franchise in the polls.
No untoward incident was reported in the state and the polling remained peaceful.
The highest polling percentage (till 9 pm) was recorded in the Sirsa parliamentary constituency (73.11) followed by Kurukshetra (72.46) percent and the lowest was in Karnal (60.78).
Jharkhand: 64.46 percent
An estimated 64.46 percent of the over 66.85 lakh electorate exercised their franchise till 4 pm in four Lok Sabha constituencies of Jharkhand on Sunday, during the third phase of polls in the state, an election official said.
No untoward incident was reported from any part of the state, he said. An estimated 60 percent turnout has been recorded, and it will increase. The final figure will be available around 6 PM," the official said here.
Bihar: 60 percent
Ignoring the scorching summer heat, 59.38 percent of the 1.38 crore electorate in eight of Bihar's 40 Lok Sabha seats, which went to the polls in the sixth phase of polling on Sunday, had cast their vote till 6 p.m., officials here said.
Voting in the state's Bhojpuri-speaking northern belt was held amidst tight security and passed off without any violence, except for some clashes between supporters of rival parties, as per officials at the police headquarters here.
West Bengal: 80 percent
Nearly 80 percent of the 1,33,69,749 electorate exercised their franchise till 5 pm in eight Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal on Sunday, an election official said.
"Except some incidents of disturbances in Keshpur, polling is mostly peaceful. We have sought reports from the district officials about the incidents.
"In the eight Lok Sabha constituencies in the state, around 79.93 per cent of voters have cast their ballots till 5 pm," a senior official of the state CEO's office told PTI.
Tamluk seat recorded the highest voter turnout at 82.99 percent, followed by Bishnupur (SC) at 81.90 percent, Jhargram (ST) at 81.68 percent, Ghatal at 80.350 percent, Kanthi at 80.06 percent, Purulia at 78.64 percent, Medinipore at 78.17 percent and Bankura at 75.68 percent, he said.
The eight constituencies are spread across five districts.
There were reports of an attack on BJP's Ghatal candidate, former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh, when she tried to enter a polling booth in Keshpur.
(With inputs from agencies)
First Published: IST