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62.2% turnout figure in fifth phase nudges 62.5% in 2019 | India News



NEW DELHI: The fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections for 49 seats on Monday saw 62.2% turnout (according to data available at 10.30 pm on Tuesday), which may rise marginally when final data is released by EC. In 2019, the polling in this phase was 62.5%.
According to data updated by EC on its voter turnout app, among the 7 states and 2 UTs, Maharashtra, Odisha, Ladakh and J&K recorded higher turnout in this phase while West Bengal saw the maximum drop. Maharashtra is likely to cross its 4-decade record of 61.7. Overall turnout for 2019 doesn’t include the delimited seat of Baramulla, which saw 59.1% polling compared with 34.6% five years ago.
At 61.3%, Maharashtra records its 3rd highest Lok Sabha turnout ever
MUMBAI/PUNE: The five-phase polls for Maharashtra’s 48 Lok Sabha seats saw an overall voter turnout of 61.3%, an improvement of 0.6% compared to 2019, state chief electoral officer S Chockalingam said Tuesday, a day after the final phase ended. This is the third highest turnout for a Lok Sabha in Maharashtra since the state was formed. The highest ever was 64.8% in 1967, while the second highest turnout was 61.75% recorded in the 1984 elections held after PM Indira Gandhi’s assassination.
The split in two regional parties and a bitterly contested campaign has led to even Mumbai, a city otherwise notorious for its voter apathy, clocking its second highest turnout in three decades. Mumbai has managed a respectable 54.1%, the final data shows. The turnout was just 1.3% lower than the 2019 polls even though these elections were timed almost a month later and held during the school summer vacations, in sweltering heat.
As always, the elite Mumbai South constituency, home to India’s richest industrialists, recorded the lowest turnout at 50%. Mumbai North, considered a BJP stronghold, had the highest turnout of 57%. Union Minister Piyush Goyal contested from here. Mumbai North West is the only city constituency where polling exceeded the percentage in 2019 at 54.8%.
The five-phase polls for Maharashtra’s 48 Lok Sabha seats saw an overall voter turnout of 61.3%, an improvement of 0.6% compared to 2019, state chief electoral officer S Chockalingam said Tuesday.





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