Over 65 per cent turnout in UP phase two polling

RSTV Bureau
Women stand in line to cast their vote during Uttarakhand assembly election in Haridwar on Wednesday,  15 February 2017.

Women stand in line to cast their vote during Uttarakhand assembly election in Haridwar on Wednesday,
15 February 2017.

An impressive turnout of over 65 per cent was recorded in 67 Assembly constituencies across 11 districts of western Uttar Pradesh, figuring in the second phase of the crucial state polls on Wednesday.

The districts where polling were held included Bijnor, Saharanpur, Moradabad, Sambhal, Rampur, Bareilly, Amroha, Pilibhit, Kheri, Shahjahanpur and Badaun.

A total of 2.28 crore voters, including over 1.04 crore women, were eligible to cast their ballots in 14,771 polling centres and 23,693 polling stations in the second of the seven-phase polling.

“Polling was held peacefully amid tight security,” UP Chief Electoral Officer T Venkatesh said.

The CEO office said the average turnout was over 65 per cent in these seats.

The voter turnout in the first phase was recorded at 64.2 per cent – an increase of nearly three per cent from the first phase turnout in the 2012 state Assembly polls.