In the first phase of 2019 Lok Sabha elections held in 91 constituencies in 20 states, Bihar recorded the least voter turnout amongst the states that went to polls on Thursday. While 50 per cent voter turnout was reported from Bihar, West Bengal showed the maximum voter turnout with 81 per cent. Four constituencies from Bihar and two from West Bengal, Cooch Behar and Alipurduars, went to booths on Thursday.
The overall polling per cent hasn’t been made public yet by the poll panel this time, citing that the data was being collated and would be available later.
In Andhra Pradesh and Mizoram, states where all the constituencies went to polls in the first phase, recorded 66 per cent and 61.95 per cent voter turnouts respectively. Andhra Pradesh had 74.64 per cent voters coming to booths last time, while Mizoram has improved from 60 per cent voter turnout last time.
Jammu & Kashmir also showed an increase in voter turnouts compared to the last general elections in 2014. An overall per cent of 54.49 population came to booths compared to 57.49 of last time. Jammu and Baramulla are the two seats that held elections in the first phase in Jammu & Kashmir.
Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim simultaneously voted for their Assemblies as well as to the Lok Sabha in this single phase. The Assembly elections were held in Odisha too along with the first of the three-part parliamentary polls.
North Eastern states Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Tripura also went to polls, with voter turnouts varying from 60 to 80 percentage.
Telangana had 60 percentage population going to polls, and Nizamabad constituency witnessed the rare incident of voting using 12 EVM’s at each of its polling stations, as 185 candidates, including 170 farmers who are contesting against Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter K Kavitha was contesting from that particular seat.
The turnout in all constituencies is likely to go up as final reports are yet to come in, EC officials told reporters, as Economic Times reports.