Thursday, 17 April 2014

Fifth Phase of Loksabha Elections. Mark on your finger makes you proud..

High turnout was on Thursday witnessed across 12 states covering 121 constituencies in the fifth phase - the biggest of the nine-phased Lok Sabha polls. While there was nearly 79 per cent polling in rural districts of West Bengal, around 65 per cent polling was recorded in Karnataka. The IT hub Bangalore, which has 2 former Infosys honchos contesting, saw just above 50 per cent polling. The Karnataka capital didn't even have bad weather conditions, pointing to voter apathy in the city's four seats.
There were a few incidents of violence, including blasts, in Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh in which four people, including three security personnel, were injured.
Nandan Nilekani (Congress), Maneka Gandhi, former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda (JD-S), Union Minister Veerappa Moily (Congress) and Srikant Jena, Supriya Sule and Lalu Prasad's eldest daughter Misa Bharti figure among the 1,769 candidates in the fifth of the nine-phased elections. Forrmer Karnataka CM Jagadish Shettar along with his family after casting votes for Lok Sabha elections at a polling station in Hubli.
Karnataka: An estimated 65 per cent of the 4.62 crore voters in Karnataka exercised their franchise on Thursday for 28 Lok Sabha seats in the single-phase polls in which the ruling Congress and BJP are playing for high stakes.
"Polling ended peacefully at 6 pm in all the 28 parliamentary constituencies across the state. As per the provisionalfigures available with us, an average of 60.75 percent voting took place till 6 p.m.," chief electoral officer A.K. Jha said.

The elections held under the watchful eyes of some 85,000 security personnel, including the central forces, passed off peacefully with no major untoward incident, officials said.
As per Election Commission data, the turnout was around 58 per cent in 2009.Nandan Nilekani with his family after using his franchise.
West Bengal:Nearly 79 per cent votes were cast at the close of polling in the first of the five-phase Lok Sabha elections inWest Bengal, which determined the electoral fate of 47 candidates.
"On an average 78.89 per cent of the 60,33,310 voters cast their votes in Coochbehar, Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling in north Bengal," state's Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Gupta said here.

The figure as of now was lower than previous Lok Sabha election turnout of 80.85 per cent.RJD chief Lalu Prasad's daughter Misa Bharti after using her franchise. Photo: PTI.
Maharashtra: The 19 constituencies in Maharashtra where polling was held today in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in the state recorded an average 61.7 per cent turnout by 6 pm, the closing time.

Thursday's polling decided the fate of 358 candidates, including Union Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and former chief minister Ashok Chavan (both Congress) and senior BJP leader Gopinath Munde in Maharashtra. Catholic nuns wait in a queue to cast their votes in Jharkhand. Photo: PTI.
Uttar Pradesh: Around 62 per cent of the electorate voted in the second phase of polling in six Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh.
Polling in Uttar Pradesh decided the fate of 150 candidates, including ManekaGandhi, Santosh Gangwar, Saleem Sherwani and Begum Noor Bano.

According to EC sources, Nagina witnessed 61.98 per cent polling while Moradabad and Rampur recorded 61.22 per cent and 69.32 per cent polling respectively.
In UP's Shahjahanpur and Pilibhit districts, people decided to boycott polling in a total of six polling stations over issued related to development and missing names in electoral rolls, Deputy EC Vinod Zutshi said.
In Rampur constituency of UP, some 60 people entered a booth and cast 40 votes. A repoll is likely in the polling booth, he said.
Bihar: Polling gained momentum as 54 per cent votes were cast in seven parliamentary seats in Bihar.

A maximum 54 per cent voting was recorded in Buxar and Jehanabad Lok Sabha seats each followed by Arrah, Munger and Jehanabad where 47 per cent votes were cast till 4 pm, the office of Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Bihar, said in a statement.
Jharkhand: Around 62 per cent of the electorate voted in the second phase of polling in six Lok Sabha seats in Jharkhand amid Maoist violence that left five persons, including 4 CRPF men, injured.
"Around 62 per cent polling was recorded in the second phase for six seats," Chief Electoral Officer P K Jajoria told a press conference here.

Polling was held in Ranchi, Giridih, Jamshedpur, Singhbhum (ST), Khunti (ST) and Hazaribagh seats under strict security and helicopter surveillance.
Chhattisgarh: Around 65 per cent voter turnout was recorded in three Naxal-hit Lok Sabha constituencies of Chhattisgarh where Maoists targeted a polling team but there was no casualty.
Barring the one Naxal-related incident, polling was by and large peaceful in the state which completed the second phase of voting that decided the fate of Congress leader Ajit Jogi and CM Raman Singh's son Abhishek (BJP) among others.Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren and his wife show their fingers after using their franchise in Ranchi. Photo: PTI.
Odisha: An estimated 70 per cent voters exercised their franchise for the simultaneous second and last phase of the elections to 11 Lok Sabha and 77 assembly constituencies in Odisha on Thursday.
In Odisha's Cuttack, miscreants damaged an EVM, while in other case, a member of the flying squad was caught doing "wrong thing" inside a polling station. He was suspended and a case lodged, Deputy EC Alok Shukla told reporters here without elaborating.Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje shows her finger after using her franchise in Jhalawar on Thursday, April 17, 2014. Photo: PTI.
Madhya Pradesh: A moderate 54.41 per cent polling was recorded in Madhya Pradesh for ten Lok Sabha seats amid rains, intense heat conditions and poll boycott in some villages.
Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia of Congress and state BJP President Narendra Singh Tomar were among prominent candidates whose fate was locked in EVMs in the second phase where voting was largely peaceful.
This year's turnout was 8.20 per cent higher than the 2009 Lok Sabha polls when the figure was 46.21, election office sources said.
Guna recorded the highest turnout at 61.1 per cent so far, followed by Sagar at 59.1 per cent and Rajgarh at 58.95 per cent. The state capital recorded a turnout of 58.42 per cent. All you want to know about Lok Sabha electionsStudent Nida casts her first vote in Rampur.
Rajasthan: First phase of polling in 20 Lok Sabha constituencies ended with 63 per cent voter, the Election Commission said.
"It was mostly incident free poll barring a few incidents of party workers' altercation and jostling in Bikaner, Ajmer and Jhunjhunu districts outside the booths over voters' list or supermacy," DGP-Law and Order Navdeep Singh said.

In Manipur Inner constituency, the turnout was an impressive 80 per cent and it was likely to go up further.
Udhampur Lok Sabha constituency in Jammu and Kashmir, where senior Congress leader and Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad is in fray, recorded over 69 per cent polling.

Source: India Today

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