New Delhi: A voter turn out of 25.14 percent was recorded at noon on Sunday in the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha polls in 59 constituencies across seven states with West Bengal leading the tally.
According to the Election Commission of India, West Bengal witnessed 38.26 percent voting, while Jharkhand recorded second-highest voter turnout at 31.27 percent till noon.
The estimated turnout in Bihar was 20.70 percent, Madhya Pradesh 28.25 percent, Uttar Pradesh 21.75 percent, Haryana 23.30 percent) and Delhi 19.55 percent.
Of the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, voting percentage was highest at North East Delhi (21.56 percent), followed by East Delhi (20.56 percent), West Delhi (19.73) percent), North West Delhi (19.57 per cent), New Delhi (18.39 per cent), South Delhi (18.14 per cent) and Chandni Chowk (18.04 per cent) .
In Delhi, Congress leaders Sheila Dikshit and Ajay Maken, BJP’s Gautam Gambhir, and Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli were among the early voters. As polling progressed, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and her sister Priyanka Gandhi, along with her husband Robert Vadra, cast their ballot.
Elections are being held in the sixth phase for 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh, all ten in Haryana, eight seats each in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal and four in Jharkhand, in addition to Delhi. Over 10.17 crore voters are eligible to cast their ballot. There are 979 candidates in the fray.
Prominent among those contesting are former chief ministers Akhilesh Yadav (from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh), Digvijaya Singh (Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh), Bhupinder Singh Hooda (Sonepat in Haryana), and Sheila Dikshit (North-East Delhi).
Former Union Minister and RJD veteran Raghuvansh Prasad Singh are in the fray from Vaishali in Bihar, while Congress general secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia is contesting from Guna in Madhya Pradesh.
Re-polling is being conducted at booth number 116 in West Bengal’s Barrackpore parliamentary constituency and booth number 110 in Arambag Lok Sabha seat, along with one polling station each in Puducherry and Tripura. Two incidents of poll-booth violence have been reported from West Bengal.
Polling began at 7 am across the seven states and will continue till 6 pm.
The seventh and last phase of the Lok Sabha election will take place on May 19 and counting of votes will be held on May 23.