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LS Election Phase 3: 61.45 % Voting Till 8 PM, Said EC

Voting for the third phase of Lok Sabha elections has ended. According to the data released by the Election Commission, 61.45 percent voting was recorded till 8 pm. According to the information received from the Election Commission, bumper voting has been seen in Assam and West Bengal.

At the same time, the pace of voting appeared slow in Maharashtra. Except in West Bengal, the third phase of voting was peaceful. Sporadic incidents were reported in Bengal.

In the third phase of elections, votes were cast on a total of 93 Lok Sabha seats in 11 states. These include 4 from Assam, 5 from Bihar, 7 from Chhattisgarh, 2 from Goa, 25 from Gujarat, 14 from Karnataka, 9 from Madhya Pradesh, 11 from Maharashtra, 10 from Uttar Pradesh, 4 from West Bengal and Dadra Nagar Haveli and Daman Diu. Votes were cast on 2 seats.

There are 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat, but the results of Surat seat were already out. Therefore, votes were cast on 25 seats.

Talking about state wise vote percentage, it is 75.26 in Assam, 56.55 in Bihar, 66.99 in Chhattisgarh, 74.27 in Goa, 56.76 in Gujarat, 67.76 in Karnataka, 63.09 in Madhya Pradesh, 54.77 in Maharashtra, 57.34 in Uttar Pradesh, 73.93 in West Bengal and 65.23 percent voting has been recorded in Dadra Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu. Voting percentage figures are till 8 pm. However, final figures regarding voting will also be released by the Election Commission.

According to the Commission, these are approximate figures and are likely to increase as details are being collected. There is a lot at stake for BJP in this phase as in the last elections it had won most of the seats in Gujarat, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh and other states. In Uttar Pradesh, some members of the family of Samajwadi Party (SP) founder Mulayam Singh Yadav are trying their luck in this phase.

In Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah also exercised their franchise. Prime Minister Modi cast his vote at a polling booth in Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency. At the same time, Union Home Minister Shah exercised his franchise at a polling booth in Ahmedabad. At least 17.24 crore people, including 8.39 crore women, were eligible to vote in the third phase of Lok Sabha elections and 1.85 lakh polling stations manned by 18.5 lakh officials were set up.