64 per cent estimated voter turnout recorded in phase 7

RSTV Bureau
Kolkata: A polling officer puts indelible ink mark on the finger of a voter at a polling station during the seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections, in Kolkata, Sunday, May 19, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Kolkata: A polling officer puts indelible ink mark on the finger of a voter at a polling station during the seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections, in Kolkata, Sunday, May 19, 2019. (PTI Photo)

64 per cent polling percentage was recorded in 59 seats in the seventh and the final phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

The last phase of Lok Sabha elections, which will decide the fate of 918 candidates including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also saw EVM glitches and poll boycott at some booths.

Voting was held 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.

According to the Election Commission app, in Uttar Pradesh,  58.01 per cent voting was recorded in 13 Lok Sabha seats, officials said.

Incidents of violence were reported in West Bengal where 78.50 per cent of over 1.49 crore electorate exercised their franchise in nine Lok Sabha seats.

Punjab saw a polling percentage of 65.84 per cent in 13 Lok Sabha seats. 70.62 per cent turnout was registered in lone Chandigarh Lok Sabha seat, EC app stated.

In Himachal Pradesh, 71.96 per cent turnout was recorded in four Lok Sabha seats where five MLAs, including a state minister, are among the 45 candidates in the fray.

A turnout of 132 per cent has been recorded in the world’s highest polling station in Lahaul and Spiti district’s Tashigang village, a district official said.

In Madhya Pradesh, 75.52 per cent, voter turnout was recorded in eight Lok Sabha seats.

Bihar witnessed 53.35 per cent voting till in eight Lok Sabha seats.

An election official said, “Going by reports that reached us from district headquarters, we have found out that the voting process was temporarily hampered at few polling stations in Ara, Sasaram, Jehanabad, Pataliputr and Buxar. Officials have attended to the complaints and redressed all grievances,” he said.

In neighbouring Jharkhand, an estimated 71.16 per cent of the total 45,64,681 voters exercised their franchise in three Lok Sabha seats.

In the last phase of Lok Sabha polls, over 10.01 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise. The Election Commission has set up more than 1.12 lakh polling stations and has deployed security personnel for smooth conduct of polls.

An average of 66.88 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the last six phases. The whole elections were spread over 38 days. Counting of votes will be taken up on May 23.

(With inputs from agency)