Close to 9% drop in voter turnout in Maharashtra phase 4 polls

This phase, held on May 13, involved eleven Lok Sabha constituencies. In 2019, the state saw a 61.9 percent turnout in the same phase…reports Asian Lite News

The fourth phase of the Lok Sabha elections in Maharashtra recorded an approximate voter turnout of 52.49 percent, a decrease of 8.8 percent compared to the 2019 elections, according to data shared by the Election Commission of India (ECI).

This phase, held on May 13, involved eleven Lok Sabha constituencies. In 2019, the state saw a 61.9 percent turnout in the same phase.

The ECI has released the final turnout figures for the first three phases of the polls in Maharashtra, but not yet for the fourth phase.

In the first phase, which involved five constituencies on April 19, the turnout was 63.71 percent, matching the 2019 figure. Despite this, a higher number of voters participated due to increased enrolment in the electoral roll.

The second phase, held on April 26 in eight constituencies, showed a slight increase with a turnout of 62.71 percent compared to 62.5 percent in 2019.

The third phase, conducted on May 7 in eleven constituencies, also saw a marginal increase to 63.55 percent from 63.43 percent in 2019.

Meanwhile, the fifth phase of polling for Lok Sabha polls on May 20 across 49 parliamentary constituencies spread over six states and two Union Territories (UTs) with 6.33% voter turnout till 9 am, polling booths in many parts of Mumbai witnessed a low turnout.

However, notable individuals such as Union Minister Piyush Goyal, industrialist Anil Ambani, and actor Akshay Kumar cast their votes in the early hours of voting.

Mumbai North recorded 6.19 per cent, Mumbai North – West – 6.87 per cent, Mumbai North – East – 6.83 per cent, Mumbai North – Central – 6.01 per cent Mumbai South – Central – 7.79 per cent, and Mumbai South – 5.34 per cent.

The other constituencies of Maharashtra that are a part of the ongoing election in the fifth phase include Dhule, Dindori, Nashik, Kalyan, Palghar, Bhiwandi, and Thane.

While across 49 parliamentary constituencies witnessed a voter turnout of 10.28 per cent till 9 am, the Election Commission (ECI) said on Monday.

While Bihar recorded 8.86 per cent voter turnout, Jammu and Kashmir recorded 7.63 per cent, Jharkhand 11.68 per cent, Ladakh 10.51 per cent, Maharashtra 6.33 per cent Odisha 6.87 per cent and West Bengal 15.35 per cent, the poll body said.

Odisha, where the Legislative Assembly polls are also underway simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls, recorded a 6.99 per cent voter turnout till 9 am in the second and final phase of elections.

In the Gandey Assembly constituency in Jharkhand, where by-elections are underway, 10.37 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 9 am. 10.88 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 9 am in the Assembly by-election to Lucknow East constituency in Uttar Pradesh, the ECI stated.

As per the ECI, over 8.95 crore voters, including 4.69 crore males, 4.26 crore females, and 5409 third-gender electors, will decide the fate of 695 candidates in the fifth phase of voting. (ANI)

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