India shows their first finger to Parties: Average 65.69% turnout in Phase 1
By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  Apr 12, 2019, 01:11 PM
The 17th Lok Sabha elections completed their first phase of polling yesterday, spanning 91 constituencies over 18 states and 2 Union Territories along with Assembly elections in 4 states. The Deputy Election Commissioner, Umesh Sinha, at the end of the day, announced that “voting was conducted peacefully, barring a few incidents of violence”, referring to the mob fight in Andhra Pradesh, and explosive device placed by Naxals in Maharashtra.
Voter turnout was highest in Tripura at 81.8%, followed by 80% in West Bengal, 78.2% in the whole state of Manipur, 78% in the whole state of Nagaland, 69% in the whole state of Sikkim, 68% in Assam, 67.39% in the Jammu constituency of Jammu and Kashmir, 66% in the whole state of Andhra Pradesh, 60.6% in Telangana (where general elections were held for the first time, since its division from Andhra Pradesh). 60% in the whole state of Mizoram, 56% in the total one constituency of UT Andaman and Nicobar Islands and 56% in the single seat of Bastar in Chhattisgarh. The lowest turnout was observed in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, at 32.29%. The average turnout, in all the polling contituences came upto around 65.69%.
Sinha also thanked the “state machinery, security forces and nodal officers in various states for their support to ensure smooth polling”.
A total of 6.7 crore females and 6.9 crore males turned out to vote in the first phase.
15 cases of Electronic Voting Machines being damaged were reported, in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, West Bengal and Bihar. This was the first time in India, when only VVPAT was used, in all the booths.
7 crore more voters have been registered this time than the 16th Lok Sabha Elections, which includes 1.5 crore first-time voters.
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