LS Polls: 63.3% voter turnout in 6th phase

The sixth phase of LokSabha polls witnessed 63.3 per cent turnout in the 59 parliamentary constituencies in seven states that voted Sunday, the Election Commission said.

The sixth phase of polling was held for eight seats in Bihar, all 10 seats in Haryana and all seven in Delhi, four in Jharkhand, eight in Madhya Pradesh, 14 in Uttar Pradesh and eight in West Bengal.

BJP candidate Bharati Ghosh was attacked in West Bengal and a poll officer was allegedly beaten up by an MLA of the saffron party in Uttar Pradesh during the LokSabha poll’s sixth and penultimate phase on Sunday in which over 63 per cent turnout was recorded in 59 seats across six states and the national capital.

Votes were cast by a number of public figures, including President Ram NathKovind, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Chief Minister ArvindKejriwal and External Affairs Minister SushmaSwaraj.

With today’s polling, votes have already been cast in nearly 89 per cent of the 543 constituencies, while the last phase of voting will take place on May 19 for the remaining 59 seats.

The Election Commission (EC) announced 63.3 per cent turnout across the states and Delhi, with West Bengal recording over 80 per cent polling and the national capital registering just 60 per cent.

Union ministers Radha Mohan Singh, Harsh Vardhan and Maneka Gandhi, Samajwadi Party chief AkhileshYadav and Congress leaders Digvijay Singh, JyotiradityaScindia and Sheila Dikshit as also celebrity contestants GautamGambhir, Vijender Singh, Dinesh LalYadav ‘Nirahua’, Ravi Kishan and Hans Raj Hans were among several prominent faces in the fray. Delhi’s saw a dip in its turnout from 65 per cent in 2014, despite a three-cornered contest between the BJP, Congress and AAP with several high profile candidates, while the EC also appeared disappointed at the low polling figure even after its enhanced efforts to draw the voters to polling booths  Over 80 per cent polling was recorded in eight seats in West Bengal, where BJP’s Ghatal candidate and former IPS officer Bharati Ghosh was attacked twice by local people when she tried to visit polling stations in her constituency.