Published On: Sun, Feb 19th, 2017

61.16 percent voter turnout in Phase three of UP Assembly polls

Lucknow: Over 61 per cent balloting was recorded as polling closed for the third phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections on Sunday, Election Commission (EC) officials said.

The voting was by and large peaceful

The maximum balloting was reported from Barabanki, followed closely by Sitapur and Kannauj.

A total of 69 seats went to polls in 12 districts in the third phase of voting including Yadav heartland, considered crucial for the ruling Samajwadi Party in the state.

“Turnout of voters was 61.16 per cent when polling drew to a close at 5pm,” UP chief electoral officer T Venkatesh said.

He said the exercise was held by and large peacefully in this phase, adding that tight security arrangements were put in place at all the 25,603 polling booths.

In the 2012 Assembly and 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the turnout in these areas was 59.96 and 58.43 per cent respectively.

The polling percentage was 64.2 in the first phase of the ongoing election and a little over 65 in the second phase.

“The voting was by and large peaceful,” UP CEO T Venkatesh said.

Stray incidents of violence – firing, preventing some from voting and stone pelting – were reported from some places though voting was by and large peaceful in most constituencies, said an official.

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