Polling ends for five state assemblies; Results on March 11

SansadTV Bureau
Varanasi: Women line up at a polling booth in Varanasi during the seventh and final phase of the Uttar Pradesh polls on Wednesday. PTI Photo

Varanasi: Women line up at a polling booth in Varanasi during the seventh and final phase of the Uttar Pradesh polls on Wednesday. PTI Photo

The final phase of polling for state assemblies in Uttar Pradesh and Manipur ended on Monday, bringing to a close the month-long elections in five states – Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Punjab, Goa and Uttarakhand.

Elections in these five states began on February 11 and the results will be out on March 11 – the day the counting of votes.

Polling in Uttar Pradesh took place in 7 phases and the final phase recorded 60.03 per cent voter turnout. The highest turnout among all the phases was recorded at 66 per cent for phase 2.

Varanasi, the Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi went to poll earlier today along with 39 other constituencies where a total of 538 candidates contested. PM Modi had addressed several rallies in the region to give the BJP campaign a final push. In the final lap, PM Modi spent three days in Varanasi, where he visited temples, held a roadshow and attended a number of public events.

The average turnout in the seven phases of polling was around 60-61 per cent compared to 59.48 per cent in 2012, said the Election Commission.

Varanasi: Women line up at a polling booth in Varanasi during the seventh and final phase of the Uttar Pradesh polls on Wednesday. PTI Photo

Varanasi: Women line up at a polling booth in Varanasi during the seventh and final phase of the Uttar Pradesh polls on Wednesday. PTI Photo

Meanwhile, in Manipur’s second and final phase saw 86 per cent polling, while the first phase recorded over 84 per cent turnout. The valley district of Thoubal and the hill districts of Ukhrul, Chandel, Tamenglong and Senapati polled on Wednesday. The fate of chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh, deputy CM, Gaikhangam and Irom Sharmila was being decided where 22 constituencies were polling.

The first phase polling to the 60-member Assembly was held on March 4.

(Wih inputs from PTI)