Phase 6: Polling ends, 64.39 per cent estimated voter turnout recorded

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Voters wait in queues at a polling station during voting for the sixth phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, in Khajuri area of east Delhi, Sunday, May 12, 2019. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Voters wait in queues at a polling station during voting for the sixth phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, in Khajuri area of east Delhi, Sunday, May 12, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Polling is underway for the sixth phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 that is taking place across 59 seats in 7 states today.

64.39 per cent estimated voter turnout was recorded in the seven states in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 till 2 pm.

59.29% estimated voter turn out was recorded in Bihar, 70.35% in Haryana, 65.21% in Madhya Pradesh, 54.70% in Uttar Pradesh, 83.46% in West Bengal, 64.21% in Jharkhand and 60.51% in NCT of Delhi.

In this phase elections were held in 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh, 10 seats in Haryana, eights constituencies each in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal, seven seats in Delhi and four in Jharkhand.

All seven parliamentary constituencies in Delhi voted today. As many as 164 candidates are in the fray in the polls, which are largely been seen as a three-way contest among the BJP, Congress and AAP. Prominent candidates in the contest include veteran Congress leader Sheila Dikshit, Olympian boxer Vijender Singh, Union minister Harsh Vardhan, cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir and Atishi from AAP.

In Uttar Pradesh, the candidates whose electoral fate will be decided include SP president Akhilesh Yadav and Union minister Maneka Gandhi.

In Haryana, Union ministers Krishan Pal Gurjar and Rao Inderjit Singh are seeking re-election while former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda is once again entering the race to the lower house.

The high-voltage electioneering saw a galaxy of leaders from the ruling BJP and Congress campaign for their respective parties in Haryana.

In West Bengal, the polls in this phase will cover Jangal Mahal – the forested region of Bankura, West Midnapore, Jhargram and Purulia districts which used to be a Maoist hotbed during the erstwhile Left Front regime.

In Jharkhand, polling for the first two phases in the state was held on April 29 and May 6.

Eight seats in Bihar voted today, Bihar will be voting in all the 7 phases in Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

This will be the third phase of polling in Madhya Pradesh, with the first and second phases having been held on April 29 and May 6. The last phase will be held on May 19.

Election to 542 Lok Sabha seats is being conducted in seven phases between April 11 and May 19. Results will be declared on May 23.

(With inputs from agency)