The fifth phase of polling for UP elections Thursday saw 59.2 per cent of voters cast their ballot,the most in all but the first (60.02 per cent) of the previous four phases.
This phase covered 49 constituencies in 13 districts.
Lalitpur district recorded voter turnout of 70.58 per cent,the highest for any district in the five phases held so far. Nearly 61.57 per cent of the voters turned up at polling booths in Firozabad,60.38 per cent in Jhansi,60.25 per cent in Etah,62.25 per cent in Ramabai Nagar,60.07 per cent in Kanshi Ram Nagar,60 per cent in Jalaun,59 per cent in Etawah,59 per cent in Auraiya,57.25 per cent in Mainpuri,and 57 per cent each in Mahoba and Hamirpur. Kanpur saw the lowest turnout of 54.60.
The average turnout for the region was higher than in the previous election in 2007,when it was 47.57 per cent.
Polling was largely peaceful,Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha said,barring 22 complaints of EVM malfunctioning,which were promptly addressed. There were also some complaints about voters names missing from electoral rolls,which are being looked into,Sinha added.
Re-polling will have to be held at one polling booth in Etawahs Jaswant Nagar as the presiding officer did not delete the votes cast during a mock poll there,Sinha said.
Voters boycotted the elections at nine polling stations spread across Kanpur,Lalitpur,Etawah and in Hamirpur districts to protest against the lack of development in their areas,sources said.