UP polls: 5th phase voter turnout falls to 57.32%

The fifth phase of the Uttar Pradesh elections saw 61 assembly seats across 12 districts of the state go to polls. The average turnout was 57.32%, against the 58.24% of 2017.

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The fifth phase of the Uttar Pradesh elections saw 61 assembly seats across 12 districts of the state go to polls. The average turnout was 57.32%, against the 58.24% of 2017.

According to the Election Commission of India’s (ECI) voter turnout app, Amethi recorded 55.86 per cent voting, Ayodhya 58.01 per cent, Bahraich 54.60 per cent, Barabanki 54.65 per cent, Chitrakoot 59.64 per cent, and Gonda 54.98 per cent.

In an official release, the ECI said 377 incidents of violation of the model code of conduct came to light and action is being taken.

The Uttar Pradesh Police said voting was largely peaceful, barring in Pratapgarh’s Kunda seat where Samajwadi Party candidate Gulshan Yadav’s convoy was allegedly attacked by some people.

Around 2.24 crore voters were set to cast their votes to decide the fate of 692 candidates in the fray for 61 assembly seats across 12 districts of the state.

Prominent faces in the fray for the fifth phase included Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, who has contested from the Sirathu assembly seat in Kaushambi district. He took on Apna Dal (Kamerawadi) candidate Pallavi Patel.

In 2017 BJP had won 38 seats out of 55, while the SP had retained 15 and the Congress had won two seats.