73.70pc turnout in Kerala

 11 Apr 2014 - 6:34

Nuns smile as they wait in a line to cast their votes outside a polling station in Kochi, Kerala.

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala saw at least 73.70 percent of its 24.2 million voters turning out  to elect 20 Lok Sabha members from the state. Poll officials said the figure is provisional and accounts for votes polled only until 6pm. The actual tally of votes is expected to rise further. In 2009, Kerala polled 73.37 per cent votes. 
Officials say that many more of Kerala’s 24.2 million voters would have come out to cast their ballot, if it weren’t for the rains which lashed across parts of the state towards evening. Barring a few skirmishes, voting by and large ended on a positive note with state Home Minister Ramesh Chennithala expressing his thanks to all the political parties and the people for maintaining a high level of discipline.
Of the 20 Lok Sabha seats that are up for grabs in Kerala, Vadakara seat represented by union Minister of State for Home Mullapally Ramachandran recorded the highest turnout of 81.40 percent, closely followed by Kannur with 80.90 percent. The least turnout was recorded at the Pathanamthitta constituency - 65.80 percent.  The Thiruvananthapuram constituency witnessed 68.60 percent polling. The 269 candidates in the fray included 27 women. In Kerala, the fight is mainly between the Congress-led United Democratic Front and the CPI-M led Left Democratic Front. 

New Delhi: Delhi registered its highest voter turnout in about three decades at 64.77 percent in a largely triangular contest for its seven parliamentary seats. Balloting was peaceful with no “untoward incident” reported. Delhi had recorded percentage of 64.77 percent till evening, an official of Delhi Election Commission said. 

Patna: About 53 percent of the electorate voted in six Lok Sabha constituencies of Bihar. A little over 94 lakh voters were eligible to choose from among 80 candidates, including 10 women, who were in the fray in Maoist-affected constituencies. Bihar Chief Secretary A K Sinha said 46,000 security personnel, including 22,000 home guards, 74 companies of Bihar Military Police and 163 companies of central para-military forces, were deployed on election duty. 

Mumbai: Despite a brisk early start, the final voter turnout in the 10 Lok Sabha constituencies which went to the polls stood at 62.37 percent, falling below expectations. Akola, Amravati, Bhandara-Gondiya and Gadchiroli-Chimur constituencies notched up the highest - 65 percent - till 6pm when voting ended. Nagpur, the biggest constituency in terms of voters, recorded just 59 percent voting, while the lowest turnout at 58.60 percent was in Buldhana. In Yavatmal-Washim, 60 percent voters exercised their franchise, Wardha 61 percent, Ramtek 62 percent and Chandrapur 63 percent.

Haryana, Chandigarh 
Chandigarh: Over 70 percent of voters in Haryana (10 seats) and Chandigarh (one seat) exercised their franchise. The voting percentage in Chandigarh is likely to be its highest ever.  Kurukshetra (75 percent) and Sirsa (74 percent) led in polling. Nearly 1.60 crore people, including over 73.8 lakh women, were eligible to vote in Haryana to decide the fate of 230 candidates, including 10 women candidates. In Chandigarh’s lone Lok Sabha seat, there were over 6.13 lakh eligible voters cast their ballot. 

Western UP
Lucknow: Setting a new record of balloting, the 10 seats of western Uttar Pradesh where polling was held saw an almost 65 percent turnout or 1.12 crore people voting and the number is likely to go up, officials said. While Election Commission officials put the interim average voting figures at 64.9 percent, they said the turnoute could be more once the final figures are calculated. The highest voting was reported from Saharanpur where 73.40 percent people cast their votes, while the lowest turnout was recorded in Bulandshahr where 57.1 percent voters cast their votes. Bijnore recorded 66.25 percent, while Noida saw 62.6 percent and Ghazaiabad 60 percent. 

Bhubaneswar: Braving intense heat and defying extremist threats, about 67 percent of the electorate  cast their ballot in simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and state assembly in Odisha. Polling was held for 10 Lok Sabha and 70 assembly seats. Over 13 million people were eligible to cast their votes in the first phase of Lok Sabha election in the state. Polling for the remaining 11 Lok Sabha and 77 assembly seats would be held in the second phase on April 17.

Jammu: The turnout in Jammu Lok Sabha seat was 68 percent, but the figure is likely to rise as final reports from far-flung areas of the constituency are still awaited, an election official said. A total of 2,274 polling booths were set up at 1,582 locations, of which 68 polling booths at 61 locations which were identified as critical.

Thiruvananthapuram: Up to 71.36 percent of the electorate voted in Lakshadweep in peaceful polling for the lone Lok Sabha seat, said an official. India’s smallest union territory Lakshadweep is a group of 36 islands, and has an electorate of less than 50,000. Six candidates are in the fray.

Ranchi: Despite a Maoist call for boycott of the Lok Sabha election, Jharkhand witnessed moderate turnout of 58.03 percent in the first phase of polling. “(A total of) 58.03 percent electors cast their votes for four seats of the state. Koderma witnessed highest polling with 60.97 percent followed by Palamu, Lohardaga and Chatra with 59.30, 59 and 53.88 percent, respectively,” an Election Commission official said. A total of 5,647,736 voters decided the fate of 62 candidates in the fray in the four constituencies.

Jagdalpur: Over half of the electorate in Bastar Lok Sabha constituency in Chhattisgarh voted as two troopers were injured in a gunbattle with Maoists while they were escorting a polling party. Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Kujur said that Bastar recorded 52 percent voting. Bastar Lok Sabha constituency comprises six assembly segments.