Voting ends for 2nd Phase of LS Polls 2019; EC records total voter turnout at 61.12%

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Ganjam: Voters show their finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote for the second phase of the general elections, at a polling station , Panchabhuti in Ganjam district, Thursday, April 18, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Ganjam: Voters show their finger marked with indelible ink after casting vote for the second phase of the general elections, at a polling station, Panchabhuti in Ganjam district, Thursday, April 18, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Voting for the second phase of Lok Sabha polls 2019 ends.  Election Commission records 61.12% total voting percentage for the second phase

Polling was conducted in 95 seats in 11 states and 1 Union Territory

Till 5 pm, 73.32% voting was recorded in Assam, 58.14% in Bihar, 68.70% in Chhattisgarh, 43.37% in Jammu and Kashmir, 61.80% in Karnataka, 55.37% in Maharashtra, 74.69% in Manipur, 57.41% in Odisha, 72.40% in Puducherry, 61.52%in Tamil Nadu, 58.12 % in Uttar Pradesh and 75.27% in West Bengal.

38 seats in Tamil Nadu, 14 seats in Karnataka, 10 seats in Maharashtra, 8 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 5 seats each in Bihar, Assam and Odisha, 3 seats each in West Bengal and Chhattisgarh, 2 seats in Jammu and Kashmir, one seat each in Manipur and Puducherry voted in the second phase.

The election was scheduled to be held in one seat in Tripura but the Election Commission in a late night order postponed polling till April 23 citing law and order situation.

Campaigning ended on Tuesday for the second phase of Lok Sabha polls on April 18 for 95 seats spread across 11 states and the union territory of Puducherry that was marked by acrimony with the Election Commission barring several leaders from electioneering for their controversial remarks.

Voting for 35 Assembly seats in Odisha is also took place in the second phase today.

Among the key contestants in the fray are Union ministers Jual Oram, Sadananda Gowda and Pon Radhakrishnan, former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, Congress leaders Verappa Moily and Raj Babbar, National Conference president Farooq Abdullah, BJP’s Hema Malini and DMK’s Dayanidhi Maran, A Raja and Kanimozhi.

In Maharashtra, Some key contests in this phase are between BJP’s sitting MP Pritam Munde from Beed, state Congress president Ashok Chavan from Nanded, former Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde from Solapur and Mahagathbandan candidate Navneet Rana from Amravati.

In Uttar Pradesh, polling took place in Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, Amroha, Bulandshaher, Nagina, Hathras, Aligarh and Mathura Lok Sabha constituencies.

The EC in an order on Tuesday evening cancelled the poll in Vellore Lok Sabha constituency over allegations of excessive use of money power. Authorities had seized over Rs 10 crore cash from premises of an associate of a DMK leader recently.

The Lok Sabha polls are being held in seven-phases for 543 seats on April 11, April 18, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19, and counting will be on May 23.

(With inputs from News Agency)