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Over 64% voting recorded in LS polls' last phase

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Over 64 per cent was recorded on Sunday in polling for 59 seats in the seventh and final phase of the elections, with recording the highest turnout of 75.53 per cent.

There were reports of people ransacking a polling booth and holding an hostage in Bihar, as well as sporadic violence in

Polling was conducted in remaining eight constituencies in Bihar, three constituencies in Jharkhand, eight in Madhya Pradesh, 13 in Uttar Pradesh, nine in and all the four constituencies in Himachal Pradesh, 13 in and the lone seat of Union Territory Chandigarh.

According to the (EC) data, registered 73.57 per cent voting, followed by 71.39 per cent, 71.16 per cent, 65.77 per cent, Chandigarh 63.57 per cent, 58.01 per cent and 53.36 per cent.

Over 10.1 crore voters decided the fate of 918 candidates, including Narendra Modi, in the last phase of polling on Sunday.

As per the Election Commission, the was 69.61 per cent in the first phase, 69.44 per cent in second phase, 68.4 per cent in third phase, 65.5 per cent in fourth phase, 64.16 per cent in fifth phase and 64.4 per cent in sixth phase.

The Commission said a total of 67.34 per cent was recorded uptill sixth phase which was 1.21 per cent more than 2014 for the corresponding parliamentary constituencies uptill the six phase.

Voting began at over 1.12 lakh polling stations across the seven states and a Union Territory at 7 a.m.

According to election officials, angry voters ransacked the polling booth in Nalanda in and held the hostage. The was freed after police intervention. No voting took place at the booth.

Glitches in Electronic Voting Machines were also reported from the eight constituencies, leading to delay in the poll process in a few booths.

Chief Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief and former Chief Ministers Jitan and Rabri Devi voted in

Other prominent faces who voted in the state capital, include Ravi Shankar Prasad, candidate from and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad's daughter

Sinha was accompanied by his wife and his two sons, Luv and Kush.

West Bengal reported a few incidents of sporadic violence and reports of EVM failures in several booths leading to either delay or stalling of the poll process.

Long queues of voters were seen outside polling booths in Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jaynagar, Mathurapur, Diamond Harbour, Jadavpur, Kolkata South and Kolkata North constituencies.

"EVM failure has been reported from across constituencies and requisite actions are being taken," said the

Anupam Hazra, the candidate from West Bengal's Jadavpur seat, and a party accompanying him were attacked and the latter's car damaged after the two visited a booth on receiving reports of rigging.

Hazra alleged that he was pushed and shoved and accused the TMC of rigging all 52 polling booths under the ward number 109 in Jadavpur.

"The was hit and one of his tooth was broken. A CISF posted at the booth was also injured in the attack by the Trinamool," Hazra told the media.

The Trinamool, however, denied the allegations.

Modi is re-contesting from seat in Besides Modi, 25 other candidates are in fray from Modi's main challengers are Congress' and SP-BSP's

In Himachal Pradesh, women turned out in large numbers in the rural areas of the Hamirpur and Kangra parliamentary constituencies.

There were minor hiccups as electronic voting machines developed snags at some places.

Jai Ram Thakur, two-time former and former and were among the early voters in the state.



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First Published: Mon, May 20 2019. 00:08 IST