Published: Sat, March 11, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Final phase of polling in Uttar Pradesh and Manipur underway

Final phase of polling in Uttar Pradesh and Manipur underway

Among the voters in the final phase of polling, 64.76 lakh are women.

Campaigning drew to a close on Monday for the seventh and last phase of the high-stake 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections to be held on Wednesday, with each of the contenders predicting an overall lead in the 403-seat Assembly.

Eighty six per cent of total 19,02,562 electorate cast their vote in Manipur, Jain said, adding that no boycott call was given by any group for the polling.

A large turnout of women was seen in all the eight seats of Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A voter turnout of 45 per cent was recorded till 11 am in the second and final phase of Manipur Assembly election today.

Around 56 per cent turnout reported till 4pm. The turnout on these seats in 2012 was 57.92 per cent in 2012 Assembly polls. Voting on 40 seats across seven districts - Ghazipur, Varanasi, Jaunpur, Chandauli, Mirzapur, Bhadoi and Sonebhadra took place amid heightened security following the almost 11-hour-long encounter in Lucknow in which a suspected ISIS terrorist was killed.

The counting of votes in UP will be taken up on March 11, along with four other states - Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur, where Assembly polls were held. "The polling is going on peacefully", office of UP Chief Electoral Officer said here. There were 535 aspirants in the fray for the last phase, including 47 women.

In the 2012 polls, out of these 40 seats, 23 went to the SP, 5 to the BSP, 4 to the BJP, 3 to the Congress and 5 to others.

"People voting in the last phase are upset with BJP".

Among the major contestants in the final phase are Parasnath Yadav (Malhani), Shailendra Yadav (Shahganj), Surendra Patel (Sevapuri) and Kailash Chaurasia (Mirzapur)-all ministers and Omprakash Singh (Jamania), senior SP leader. Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party president Om Prakash Rajbhar (Zahurabad), Apna Dal president Krishna Patel (Rohania), Congress leaders Ajai Rai (Pindra), Laliteshpati Tripathi (Marihan) and Nadim Javed (Jaunpur).

The Election Commission had made elaborate security, including deployment of more than 700 companies of Central forces along with over one lakh policemen.

In Ukhrul district, polling was stalled for some time in a booth following protest by a few voters.

Polling will continue till 5 PM in 37 constituencies, whereas in Robertsganj, Duddhi in Sonebhadra district and Chakia segment in Chandauli voting will end by 4 PM.

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