Lok Sabha Elections: Violence, EVM glitches mar third phase of polling — Top developments

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Published: April 23, 2019 10:15:05 PM

The voter turnout in the third phase is a little lower than what was recorded in the first two phases — 69.45 per cent in phase-I and 69.43 per cent in phase-II.

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Lok Sabha Elections Phase-III: Poling for 116 constituencies in the third phase concluded with 64.66 per cent voter turnout on Tuesday. With this, the fate of the candidates on 302 of 542 seats has been sealed. However, the polling was marred with incidents of violence and EVMs glitches reported from some states. The voter turnout in the third phase is a little lower than what was recorded in the first two phases — 69.45 per cent in phase-I and 69.43 per cent in phase-II.

Here are the top developments

Wayanad Lok Sabha segment witnessed a record turnout of voters. The constituency recorded 76.21 per cent turnout, three per cent higher than what was recorded in 2014. Congress president Rahul Gandhi is contesting from here and hopes to sail through because of the caste arithmetic in this constituency.

Not even a single vote was cast at 40 polling booths in Anantnag — the home turf of former Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti. These booths where no vote was cast are located in Bijbehara. Here, the commission had set up for 120 polling booths for a population of 93,289 people. In total, 65 booths in Anantnag witnessed zero votes on Tuesday. People cast their votes in 714 polling stations in the constituencies.

A man was hacked to death outside a polling booth in West Bengal. According to the report, a 52-year-old man was killed outside the booth during polling in Murshidabad Lok Sabha constituency. Two other persons were also injured in the attack which was allegedly perpetrated by workers of the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal.

The voting process was briefly affected with reports of EVM malfunctioning in some states, and the arrest of two polling agents of the ruling BJP in Tripura. As per reports, bombs were hurled outside a booth in Balurghat seat of West Bengal that led to a commotion. To control the situation, the central forces resorted to lathi charge in Suti area of Jangipur.

The Congress approached the Election Commission against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s procession that he carried out after casting his vote in Gujarat. Senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi requested the commission to bar him from campaigning for 48-72 hours. He said that Modi had violated the Model Code of Conduct by carrying out a procession after casting his vote.

Uttar Pradesh recorded a turnout of 60.52 per cent in the ten constituencies that went to poll today. The voter turnout was 64.60 per cent in Pilibhit, 64.11 per cent in Moradabad, 61.80 per cent in Sambhal, 60 per cent in Rampur, 59.90 per cent in Etah, 58.80 per cent in Firozabad, 57.80 percent in Mainpuri, 57.50 per cent in Badaun, 59.18 per cent in Aonla, and 61.49 per cent in Bareilly.

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