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UP polls: 62% turnout in final phase

1.82 crore voters will decide the fate of 962 candidates,including some political veterans.

Written by Agencies | Lucknow | Published: March 3, 2012 9:08:30 am

Voting in the seven-phased Assembly elections in the politically sensitive state of Uttar Pradesh was at all time high recording an overall turnout of around 60 per cent with the last phase today registering 62 per cent polling.

Polling in the staggered month-long exercise whose outcome is being keenly watched was marked by sporadic incidents of violence.

“The turnout in Uttar Pradesh was highest at around 60 per cent,recording an increase of 30.23 per cent over the 2007 turnout,” Chief Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi told reporters in Delhi.

UP had recorded a turnout of only 46.07 per cent in the previous assembly polls in 2007. The highest voter turnout so far was in 1993 when 57.13 per cent voters cast their ballots.

Quraishi thanked the voters for exercising their franchise and making a historic turnout in UP this time.

He said the turnout of women increased by 42.77 per cent,as compared to the last time. Of the total women electors,a total of 59.85 per cent women came out to vote in the 2012 assembly polls,against 41.92 per cent who voted in the 2007 polls.

“It is more than the turnout of men which is 57.82 per cent,” said Quraishi,adding that “this is specially significant in view of the adverse gender ratio of voters in

UP which is 816 women to 1,000 men”.

Polling for the 60 seats,nearly half of which were bagged by BSP last time,in the ten districts began at 7 AM today and 62.04 per cent polling was registered till 5 PM,

Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha said.

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