Approximately 60% votes cast in seventh and last phase of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. Maximum 51.49 Per cent polling is reported from Sonebhadra district and minimum 50.56 % polling has taken place in Ghazipur district.
Voting is by and large peaceful. Chunar constituency in Mirzapur district has polled maximum 58 percent votes and minimum 44 percent voting is reported from Jamania constituency in Ghazipur district till 3 PM.
Polling ended at 4 pm in some Naxal affected areas, while in the remaining areas, long queues were seen in polling booths which led to voting continuing even after 5 pm.
The seven districts that went to the polls in the seventh phase included Ghazipur, Varanasi, Chandauli, Mirzapur, Sant Ravidas Nagar, Sonbhadra and Jaunpur.
The voters in the 40 assembly seats that saw polling sealed the fate of total 535 candidates in EVMs. A total of 14 thousand 458 polling stations were set up for the election.
Polling booths saw long queues since morning and tremendous enthusiasm seen among the people to participate in this festival of democracy. Polling remained by and large peaceful barring EVMs malfunctioning at some places.
Enthusiasm peaked among the people with regard to exercising their franchise. People voted by standing in long queues at polling stations.
Women and senior citizens were no less excited when it came to voting. Specially-abled voters came to vote despite all odds. The Election Commission had made special arrangements for voters.
A large number of youth voters took part in polling and there were several voters who were first time casting the vote and development was foremost in their mind when it came to voting, breaking the traditional stereotype of voting in the name of caste.
In Manipur, heavy to very heavy polling is reported from most of the polling stations in the last phase of the state assembly elections today. 68 per cent votes were polled till 1 PM.