Lok Sabha Election Phase 4: Just 63.52 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the fourth phase of polling. The voter turnout in states that went to polls was: UP-57.58 per cent turnout, Maharashtra-57 per cent, West Bengal-76.72 per cent, Jharkhand-63.77 per cent, Bihar-59.02 per cent, Madhya Pradesh-73.61 per cent, Odisha-64.80 per cent.
The polling begin at 7 am and ended at 6 pm for 72 seats spread across nine different states — Rajasthan (13 seats), Uttar Pradesh (13), West Bengal (8), Madhya Pradesh (6), Odisha (6), Bihar (5), Jharkhand (3), Maharashtra (17) and Jammu and Kashmir (1).
The key contestants in the fray were Urmila Matondkar (Congress), Giriraj Singh (BJP), Kanhaiya Kumar (CPI), Subhash Bhamre (BJP), Dimple Yadav (Samajwadi Party), SS Ahluwalia (BJP), Milind Deora (Congress), Babul Supriyo (BJP), Salman Khurshid (Congress), Baijayant Panda (BJP), Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury (Congress) and Sriprakash Jaiswal (Congress).
The Election Commission had made elaborate security arrangements across all the seats for the peaceful conduct of polling. In the first three phases, 302 out of 543 constituencies went to polls. The voter turnout in phase-I was 69.45 per cent, 69.43 per cent in phase-II and 64.66 per cent in phase-III.