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Lok Sabha election 2024: Over 59 per cent polling in fifth phase; Baramulla records its highest-ever turnout

There were sporadic incidents of violence in West Bengal, besides EVM glitches at some booths in the state and in neighbouring Odisha and complaints of slow voting in Maharashtra

Lok Sabha election 2024: Over 59 per cent polling in fifth phase; Baramulla records its highest-ever turnout

People wait in queues to cast their votes during the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections, at a polling booth in Sopore, in Baramulla district, MondayLS polls: Over 59 per cent polling in fifth phase; Baramulla records its highest-ever turnout There were sporadic incidents of violence in West Bengal, besides EVM glitches at some booths in the state and in neighbouring Odisha and complaints of slow voting in Maharashtra New Delhi, May 20 Over 59 per cent voter turnout was recorded on Monday . PTI



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New Delhi, May 20

Over 59 per cent voter turnout was recorded on Monday in 49 constituencies in six states and two Union territories in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections, with Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir recording its highest-ever voting percentage.

There were sporadic incidents of violence in West Bengal, besides EVM glitches at some booths in the state and in neighbouring Odisha and complaints of slow voting in Maharashtra.

West Bengal recorded the highest polling percentage at 73.14, while Maharashtra recorded the lowest at 53.51 per cent, with six Lok Sabha constituencies of Mumbai witnessing voting between 46 per cent and around 54 per cent. Thane recorded a turnout of 49.81 per cent, according to the EC's voter turnout app.

The EC had on Sunday flagged urban voter apathy in Mumbai, Thane and Lucknow and had urged people to come out and vote.

Jammu and Kashmir's Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency, which was once militancy-infested, recorded its highest-ever voter turnout on Monday at 59 per cent, J-K Chief Electoral Officer PK Pole said.

The Sopore assembly segment of the parliamentary constituency witnessed a healthy turnout of 44 per cent after recording single-digit polling percentages in the past couple of decades.

"The Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency witnessed a record voter turnout since parliamentary polls were first held here in 1967," Pole told reporters at the end of polling. The previous highest voter turnout in the Baramulla Lok Sabha constituency was witnessed in 1984 at 58.9 per cent.

Former J-K chief minister Omar Abdullah is among 22 candidates contesting on the seat.

Among other states, Bihar recorded 53.78 per cent turnout, Jharkhand 63.06, Odisha 62.23, Uttar Pradesh 57.79 and Ladakh 68.47 per cent. The figures, the EC said, were "approximate trend" as data was still being collated.

According to the figures made available by the Election Commission around 10 pm, the approximate polling percentage was 59.06.

The last four phases have registered a total voter turnout of 66.95 per cent. With the end of polls in the fifth phase, voting has been completed in 25 states and Union Territories and 428 constituencies out of 543 in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. Two more phases -- on May 25 and June 1 -- remain now. Counting of votes is on June 4.

Scattered incidents of violence marred the polls in seven parliamentary constituencies of West Bengal where TMC and BJP workers clashed in various parts of Barrackpore, Bongaon and Arambagh seats.

Till 4.30 pm, the state CEO's office received 1,913 complaints, including those related to EVM malfunctioning and polling agents being stopped from entering booths, an election official said.

Clashes broke out between supporters of the TMC and BJP in the Khanakul area of the Arambagh constituency.

In Uttar Pradesh, Amethi recorded a voter turnout of 54.17 per cent, Lucknow 52.03, Rae Bareli 57.85, Banda 59.49, Barabanki 66.89, Faizabad 58.96 and Fatehpur 56.9 per cent.

Gonda recorded 51.45 per cent voting, Hamirpur 60.36, Jalaun 53.44, Jhansi 63.57, Kaisarganj 55.47, Kaushambi 52.6 and Mohanlalganj 62.53 per cent, according to the Election Commission. 

08:28 20 May
Akshay Kumar was among the early voters

Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar was among the early voters to exercise his franchise at a polling booth in Mumbai. Dressed in a green shirt and blue pants, the 'Hera Pheri' star made his way to the polling station early in the morning.

After casting his vote, Kumar addressed the media, stating, "I want my India to be developed and strong. I voted keeping that in mind. India should vote for what they deem is right...I think voter turnout will be good."

07:57 20 May
Other prominent leaders

Other prominent leaders in this phase are Shiv Sena's Shrikant Shinde, son of Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde, from Kalyan, former WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh's son Karan Bhushan Singh in UP's Kaiserganj, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav's daughter Rohini Acharya against BJP's Rajiv Pratap Rudy in Saran, Lok Janshakti Party-Ram Vilas chief Chirag Paswan fighting from his father's bastion, Hajipur-SC (both Bihar), and Trinamool Congress candidate and TV anchor Rachna Banerjee versus actress-turned-politician Locket Chatterjee of the BJP in West Bengal's Hooghly.

 

07:56 20 May
Polling stations

Polling stations are ready to welcome the voters with ample shade, drinking water, ramps, toilets and other basic facilities to ensure that polling takes place in a comfortable and secure environment. The concerned CEOs/DEOs and State machineries have been advised to take adequate measures to manage hot weather conditions in areas, where it is forecast, the EC said in a statement.

07:55 20 May
Big contests

Union Ministers Rajnath Singh (Lucknow), Piyush Goyal (Mumbai North), and Smriti Irani (Amethi), Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (Raebareli) and National Conference's Omar Abdullah (Baramulla) are among the 695 candidates in the fray.

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