Kerala witnessed the highest turnout of 54.24 per cent till 3 PM among 14 states and Union Territories where 92 constituencies went to polls today.
In Delhi, voting percentage was about 52 per cent, followed by Jammu which witnessed 49.46 per cent and in Andaman Nicobar 48.98 per cent people cast their votes by 3 PM, as per provisional figures made available by the Election Commission. Jammu recorded 43.73 per cent polling till 1 PM.
Chandigarh witnessed 42.03 per cent polling till 3 PM, said EC officials. Former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal of Congress is pitted in a triangular contest with BJP's Kirron Kher and AAP's Gul Panag.
Haryana, where all 10 Lok Sabha polls went to polls today, recorded 42.77 per cent till 3 PM. It recorded 33.62 per cent till 1 PM.
Uttar Pradesh, where polling was held in 10 Lok Sabha seats, recorded 44.74 per cent till that time, against 35.22 per cent till 1 PM.
Odisha recorded a total of 42.38 per cent polling till 3 PM.
Lakshadweep witnessed 41.39 per cent till 3 PM, while Jharkhand recorded 38.91 per cent till that time, according to Election Commission officials.
In the polling today, nearly 11 crore voters are eligible to vote in 92 seats spread across 14 states, including Delhi -national capital region and the riot-hit Muzaffarnagar.
About 71 Percent Cast Votes in Kerala
About 71 per cent of the 2.43 crore electorate exercised their franchise in 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in Kerala, where polling passed off on a peaceful note.
The poll fate of 269 candidates was sealed in EVMs in the state, where the fight is between ruling Congress-led UDF and opposition CPI(M)-led LDF and BJP, which is desperately trying to shed its tag of the perennial loser. Read More
Ghaziabad Records 59.8 Percent Turnout as Polling Ends
The Ghaziabad parliamentary constituency registered 59.8 percent turnout of voters as polling ended 6 p.m. Thursday. Read More
Around 50 Percent Cast Vote in West UP
Brisk polling was today witnessed in politically sensitive Western Uttar Pradesh as 50.97 per cent voters cast their votes till 3 pm.
According to EC sources, Saharanpur witnessed 56.40 per cent polling in the first four hours, while 56.68 per cent voting was reported from Kairana, and 54.98 electorates exercised their franchise in Muzaffarnagar till 3 pm. Read More
One-third Electors Vote in Jharkhand
Around 36 percent of electors Thursday cast their ballot in the first six hours of polling for four Lok Sabha seats from Jharkhand, officials said.
Voting began in Koderma, Lohardaga, Palamu and Chatra constituencies at 7 a.m. and will end at 4 p.m. More
17 Percent Voter Turnout till 11 am in 10 LS Seats in Vidarbha
About 17 per cent polling was recorded till 11 AM in ten parliamentary constituencies across Naxal-hit Vidarbha region, where voting is underway in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra.
According to election authorities, polling picked up slowly after the initial hours and there was moderate voter turnout till 9 AM. Read More
Maharashtra Voter Turnout Lower Than Expected
The voter turnout fell below expectation in all the 10 Lok Sabha constituencies in Vidarbha region of Maharashtra which went to polls Thursday, officials said.
Bhandara-Gondiya constituency recorded the highest turnout 53 percent till 3 p.m., a state election commission official said. Read More
Around 45 per cent Polling in Odisha till Afternoon
Polling has picked up for the 10 Lok Sabha and 70 assembly seats in Odisha with about 45 percent of the electorate casting their ballots till afternoon Thursday, an official said.
"We have recorded 42-45 percent polling till 1.45 p.m.," an official from the chief electoral officer's office told IANS. More
Bihar Balloting Picks up Amid Incidents of Violence
Nearly 32 percent of the electorate voted in the first six hours Thursday in Bihar's six Lok Sabha constituencies despite incidents of violence in the state.
"So far about 32 percent of the electorate has voted. The polling was slow in early hours, but later picked up fast," Additional Chief Electoral Officer R. Lakshaman said.
A little over 94 lakh voters are eligible to elect from among 80 candidates, including 10 women, who are in the fray in Maoists affected constituencies.
Two Central Reserve Police Force troopers were killed in the landmine blast in Munger district when they were on way to a polling station in neighbouring Jamui parliamentary constituency. More
Explosives Recovered in Bastar; 15 Percent Polling in Initial Hours
A huge haul of explosives, including 15 IEDs and three pressure bombs, were today recovered by security forces from separate places averting a massive strike in the Naxal-hit Bastar Parliamentary seat, where about 15 percent of the electorate cast their votes in the initial hours of polling. More
About 50 per cent Polling in Four LS Seats in Jharkhand
About 50 per cent of the electorate exercised their franchise till 3 PM in four Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand where Maoists exploded a series of landmines before voting began.
Polling was on in Palamau (SC), Chatra, Koderma and Lohardaga (rain) seats. Hours before polling, Maoists exploded a series of landmines near a police picket in Latehar under Chatra constituency and a brief gunbattle followed, but there was no casualty, Latehar SP Michael Raj said. More
A Third of Madhya Pradesh Votes
A third of the electorate in nine Lok Sabha constituencies in Madhya Pradesh had cast their votes by Thursday afternoon in an election that was largely peaceful, an official said.
An Election Commission official said that in the initial three hours, over 15 percent balloting took place and it climbed up to 36 percent by afternoon. More
Nearly 35 per cent polling in Haryana
Up to 35 percent of Haryana's nearly 1.61 crore electorate exercised their franchise during the first six hours of voting Thursday for the 10 Lok Sabha seats from the state, officials here said.
Long queues could be seen at a number of polling stations across Haryana.
Nearly 1.61 crore people, including over 73.8 lakh women, are eligible to vote in Haryana to decide the fate of 230 candidates, including 10 women candidates, who are contesting in the state's 10 Lok Sabha constituencies. Read More
A Third of Jammu Casts its Votes
Jammu, the only Lok Sabha constituency in Jammu and Kashmir which has both the international border and the Line of Control, Thursday began voting in the national election, officials said.
Around 7,000 polling staff, 150 companies of central security forces and 5,000 police personnel are on duty for Thursday's voting. Read More
Serpentine Queues as Delhi Sees Brisk Polling
Hundreds of thousands of Delhites thronged polling centres Thursday to elect seven Lok Sabha members in a high-voltage battle involving the BJP, the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party. Read More
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Balloting began Thursday for the lone Lok Sabha constituency in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, officials said. Read More
Up to 71.36 percent of the electorate voted Thursday in Lakshadweep in peaceful polling for the lone Lok Sabha seat, said an official. Read More
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