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Marked improvement in sixth phase of LS polls, says Election Commission

Thursday, 24 April 2014 - 9:44pm IST | Agency: ANI

The Election Commission on Thursday said that by and large there was a marked improvement in the voter turnout for the 11 states and one union territory, which went to polls during the sixth phase of 2014 General Elections.

Briefing media in New Delhi, election officials said that the voter turnout today showed a marked improvement over the voter turnout in 2009.

In Bihar, where voting was conducted on seven seats with 108 candidates in fray, voter turnout was recorded at 60 percent as compared to 52.7 percent in 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

In Jharkhand, polling was done in four seats with 72 candidates contesting the elections. The voter turnout was recorded to be 63 percent as compared to 53 percent in 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

No untoward incident was reported in Bihar and Jharkhand.

In Assam and West Bengal, polling was conducted in six seats each. The number of candidates in Assam was 74 while in Bengal 78 candidates were contesting. The voter turnout for Assam and West Bengal was recorded to be 77.05 percent and 82 percent respectively, as compared to 71.6 percent and 83.95 percent respectively in 2009.

A total number of 12 seats went to polls in Uttar Pradesh, with 188 candidates in the fray. The voter turnout was recorded at 58.5 percent as compared to 46.63 percent in 2009.

In Madhya Pradesh, polling was done in 10 seats with 118 candidates contesting the elections. The voter turnout was recorded to be 64.04 percent as compared to 53.84 percent in 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

In Rajasthan, polling was done in five seats with 81 candidates contesting the elections. The voter turnout was recorded to be 59.2 percent as compared to 49.8 percent in 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

In Chhattisgarh, where voting was conducted on seven seats with 153 candidates in fray, voter turnout was recorded at 62.5 percent as compared to 55.29 percent in 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

In Tamil Nadu, voting was conducted on all 39 seats and a total of 845 candidates contested the elections. The voter turnout was recorded at 73 percent.

In Maharashtra, where voting was conducted on 19 seats with 338 candidates in fray, voter turnout was recorded at 55.33 percent as compared to 44.86 percent in 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

In Jammu and Kashmir, voting was conducted on only one seat with 12 candidates in fray. The voter turnout was recorded at a meager 28 percent as compared to 26.94 percent in 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

In Puducherry also, voting was conducted on only one seat with 33 candidates in fray. The voter turnout was recorded at a meager 82 percent as compared to 79.85 percent in 2009 Lok Sabha elections.




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