Phase II records 67.55% voter turnout
By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  Apr 19, 2019, 11:40 AM
The Phase 2 of the general elections, which ended yesterday, on April 18, recorded a 67.55% turnout, as compared to 69.9% in the 2014 elections.
Polling was held in 11 states and 1 Union Territory, spanning 95 seats, and around 1600 candidates contesting. Apart from this, 18 Assembly seats of Tamil Nadu also conducted elections.
Approximately 15.9 crore voters had been registered for the Phase II of polling, in more than 1.81 lakh polling booths. Out of the total voters, around 8 crore are males, 7 crore are females, and more than 11,000 are transgenders.
Voter turnout was highest in the single seat of Manipur at 77.86%, followed by the Union Territory of Puducherry at 77.49%, 76.42% in the three constituencies of West Bengal (the highest ever in the state), 76.42% in five constituencies of Assam, 73.05% in three seats of Chhattisgarh, 67.96% in 24 constituencies of Karnataka, 62.06% in eight seats of Uttar Pradesh, 62.04% in five seats of Bihar, 61.76% in ten seats of Maharashtra, 61.76% in all the 39 seats of Tamil Nadu (except the one seat of Vellore where elections have been cancelled by the Election Commission due to suspected bribery charges by one of the candidates), and 58.34% turnout in five constituencies of Odisha. The lowest turnout was recorded at 45.64% in two seats of Jammu and Kashmir.
Elections are to be conducted in five more phases. The first phase of polling is over, which spanned 91 constituencies in 18 states and 2 Union Territories, on April 11, and recorded 65.69% voter turnout. The next phase, Phase III, will span across the maximum number of constituencies, 115, in 14 states and Union Territories. Polling will be held on April 23, and the counting of votes will take place on May 23.
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