Uttar Pradesh elections 2017: Fourth phase polling ends, registers turnout of over 61% till 5 pm

During the fourth phase of the election, cash worth Rs 13.49 crore was seized and 140 EVMs were replaced.

61% voting turnout registered in the fourth phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly election. As the per the election commission, the voting percentage is expected to increase to 63% once the overall counting gets finished. During the fourth phase, Rs 13.49 crore cash seized and 140 EVMs were replaced. Also, action taken against the trouble makers.

Voting ended at 5 pm but voters who were in queue were allowed to cast their votes. Polling went peaceful in most of the areas, however, locals in Fatehpur’s Khera boycotted polling over developmental issues. In Allahabad 54.75 % voting was registered.

The voting turnout on the 53 seats that took place on February 23 was higher than the 2012 assembly polls. In 2012, 59.9 % voting was registered whereas in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the turnout was 57.1 per cent.

Over 1.84 crore voters were eligible to cast their votes in this phase of the election. Uttar Pradesh is undergoing a seven phase assembly election and the results of the elections will be declared on March 11.

Voting that happened for 403 seats, started at 7. 00 am and ended at 5.00 pm. The assembly constituency with the maximum number of candidates is Allahabad North, where 26 candidates are trying their luck at the hustings. Whereas, Khaga and Kunda are the seats with minimum number of candidates, each have six candidates.

Turnout was similar to third phase that recorded 61.16 %. There is tight contest among the Samajwadi Party (SP)-Congress alliance, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). There are a total of 680 candidates in the fray in the fourth phase, of which 61 are women.