Elections 2012: Voting over, UP waits for results
Around 62 per cent votes were polled amidst sporadic incidents of violence on Saturday for the last phase of UP Assembly elections.
New Delhi: Around 62 per cent votes were polled amidst sporadic incidents of violence on Saturday for the seventh and final phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, marking the end of the month-long exercise recording an all time high overall turnout of around 60 per cent.
The highest voter turnout so far was in 1993 when 57.13 per cent voters cast their ballots, while a turnout of only 46.07 per cent was recorded in the previous assembly polls in 2007.
Polling for the 60 seats in the final phase, nearly half of which were bagged by BSP last time, in ten districts began at 7 am and 51.9 per cent polling was registered till 3 pm, Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha said.
The maximum 55 per cent polling was registered in Lakhimpur, followed by 53 per cent in Bijnor.
Over 60 per cent people voted in the sixth round of the UP assembly elections on February 28 in 68 constituencies.
The turnout among the 2.11 crore voters was in keeping with the high percentage in the last five rounds.
The fate of 1,103 candidates was sealed in the sixth phase in some 30,000 electronic voting machines installed at 21,317 polling stations across the districts of Saharanpur, Prabudh Nagar, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Baghpat. Ghaziabad, Gautam Buidh Nagar, Panchseel Nagar, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Mahamaya Nagar, Mathura and Agra.
The fifth round of polling in Uttar Pradesh's seven-phased assembly elections in 49 constituencies on February 23 witnessed a 59.4 per cent turnout. Even as the polling remained low in Kanpur, the state's largest city, voters turned out in far larger numbers in smaller towns and rural areas.
As many as 829 candidates were in the fray for the 49 seats in the fifth phase that spread across 13 districts, with an electorate of 1.56 crore and where 17,267 polling centres were set up.
An estimated 57 per cent votes were polled in the fourth phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections on February 19, which covered Rae Bareli and Amethi, bastions of Nehru-Gandhi family, and part of backward Bundelkhand region, for whose development Rahul Gandhi has made a strong case.
Around 56 per cent of the 1.75-strong electorate on February 15 exercised its franchise for 56 seats in the third phase of the UP assembly polls in which Mayawati's ruling BSP is facing a strong challenge from Congress, SP and BJP.
The incident-free third phase of the seven-part elections in the state will decide the fate of three cabinet ministers, a minister of state, 29 sitting MLAs and 14 former ministers.
The third phase of polling, which began on a sluggish note at 18,374 booths spread over 10 districts, picked up as the day progressed with state election officials putting overall turn out at around 56 per cent.
The first phase of polling on February 8 in 55 constituencies in 10 districts had recorded around 63 per cent turn out while the voting percentage in the second phase on February 11 for 59 seats spread over nine districts was 59 per cent.
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