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Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Phase 3 HIGHLIGHTS: Overall voter turnout recorded as 64.66%

Lok Sabha Election 2019 India Phase 3 Voting HIGHLIGHTS: At the end of the third phase of polling, an overall voter turnout was recorded as 64.66 per cent. All constituencies in Gujarat and Kerala also went to polls today.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 23, 2019 10:30:54 pm
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Election 2019 Phase 3 Voting HIGHLIGHTS: An overall 64.66 per cent polling was recorded across 15 states and union territories as the third and largest phase of Lok Sabha elections came to an end. Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged voters to turn up in large numbers and exercise their franchise. He paid a visit to his mother in Gandhinagar in Gujarat before casting his vote from Ranip, Ahmedabad. This part of Ahmedabad city falls under Gandhinagar constituency, of which Shah is the BJP’s candidate.

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Complaints of EVMs malfunctioning were also reported from various seats in Kerala, Karnataka and Bihar. Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav Tuesday alleged that EVMs were “malfunctioning or voting for the BJP” across the country, terming it criminal negligence.

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The BJP faces a strong challenge in Uttar Pradesh, as the third phase of Lok Sabha elections will be fought in the “Yadav belt”, and Chhattisgarh, where the Congress swept to victory in the assembly elections just four months ago, winning 68 of 90 seats, reducing BJP to just 15.

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In Kerala, the contest is primarily between the CPM-led Left Democratic Front, Congress-led United Democratic Front and the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance.

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Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Phase 3: An overall voter turnout of 64.66 per cent was recorded in 117 constituencies across 15 states. Read HIGHLIGHTS. Read in Malayalam 

22:09 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Modi will file nomination from Varanasi on April 26: Amit Shah

Narendra Modi will file his nomination from Kashi (Varanasi) on April 26 and will participate in a roadshow a day earlier to his nomination, Amit Shah confirmed.

Shah further said Sukhbir Singh Badal, Nitish Kumar, Uddhav Thackeray and other NDA leaders will be present during Modi's nomination filing.

Further speaking on a case registered against him, Shah said, "A fake case was registered against me in which court has delivered its judgement. The gist of the judgement is it was a politically motivated case & there is no evidence in this case. I don't want to comment much on Rahul Gandhi's legal knowledge."

On Priyanka Gandhi's possibility to contest from Varanasi, Shah said Congress is confused. "There is democracy in the country, anyone can contest. Congress is in confusion, not us. Our candidate has been declared, Narendra Modi will contest election from here."

20:47 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Kashmiri Pandits in Jammu protest at Anantnag polling station

Kashmiri Pandits protested outside a special polling station in Jammu as some found their names missing on the voter list in Anantnag Lok Sabha seat.

However, Assistant Returning Officer Pankaj Anand said the election office has ensured that no voter, who has filled the M-form, is left out of the voter list. Over 4,000 electorates including 1,826 women have cast their vote in Jammu.

20:31 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Chhattisgarh records 68% turnout till 7 pm

Around 68.25 per cent voting in Chhattisgarh was recorded at 7 pm

20:30 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Karnataka: Partially paralysed, elderly couple cast vote
20:27 (IST)23 Apr 2019
J-K: Zero votes cast in 40 polling booths at Bijbehara in Anantnag

Out of 65 polling booths in Anantnag, 40 booths located in Bijbehara assembly recorded zero votes were cast, PTI reported. It is the home turf of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.

People cast their votes in 714 polling stations in Anantnag. Bijbehara, the home constituency of PDP president Mufti, had 120 polling booths set up for a population of 93,289 people, however, a total of 1,893 electorates or 2 per cent exercised their franchise when the polling ended at 4 pm.

20:21 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Gujarat records around 62% turnout

Gujarat recorded an estimated 62.36 per cent voting across the 26 Lok Sabha seats in the state, PTI quoted the Chief Electoral Officer. 

20:02 (IST)23 Apr 2019
BJP releases another list for seats in Chandigarh, Punjab

BJP releases 26th list of candidates for three Lok Sabha Elections 2019 seats in Chandigarh and Punjab. Sunny Deol to contest from Gurdaspur, Som Prakash from Hoshiarpur, and Kirron Kher from Chandigarh.

19:45 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Third phase polling conducted peacefully: UP CEO

The third phase of polling held peacefully in Uttar Pradesh. UP records 60.52 per cent turnout in the third phase of polling for 10 seats: Chief Electoral Officer Venkateshwar

19:25 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Overall turnout recorded over 64%

As the third phase of polling came to an end, the overall voter turnout was recorded as 64.66 per cent across 15 states and union territories. 

Assam - 78.29% , Bihar - 59.97% , Goa - 71.09% , Gujarat - 60.21%, Jammu & Kashmir - 12.86%, Karnataka - 64.14%, Kerala - 70.21%, Maharashtra - 56.57%, Odisha - 58.18%, Tripura - 78.52%, Utar Pradesh - 57.74%, West Bengal - 79.36, Chhattisgarh - 65.91%, Dadra & Nagar Haveli - 71.43% and Daman & Diu - 65.34%. 

19:21 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra visiting a local shop in Deeh during election campaign
19:06 (IST)23 Apr 2019
PM Modi holds roadshow in Ranchi
19:02 (IST)23 Apr 2019
'Murder accused' Amit Shah made Rs 50,000 into Rs 80 crore in three months: Rahul Gandhi in Madhya Pradesh

"Murder accused BJP President Amit Shah....waah! kya shaan hai....Have you heard Jay Shah's name? He is a magician, he made Rs 50,000 into Rs 80 crore in 3 months," Rahul Gandhi said at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh.

18:58 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Himachal Pradesh: Four candidates file nominations in Kangra

Four candidates filed their nomination for the Kangra, Himachal Pradesh seat, PTI quoted an electoral official as saying. Subhash Sharma of Himachal Jan Kranti Party, Prem Chand Vishwakarma of the Nav Bharat Ekta Dal, Bahujan Samaj Party's Kehar Singh and Swabhiman Party's Sawroop Singh Rana filed their nominations before the District Election Officer cum Deputy Commissioner Kangra Sandeep Kumar.

18:39 (IST)23 Apr 2019
J-K: Cong Thukjey Dolma joins BJP in Ladakh

A fortnight ahead of elections in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, Congress leader Thukjey Dolma joined BJP, PTI quoted a party spokesperson said.

Dolma, a prominent social worker and active member of the Congress, hails from Kardong area of Nobra valley. He joined the BJP in presence of state party president Ravinder Raina who is camping in Ladakh for election campaigning, he said.

Welcoming Dolma in the party, Raina said the Congress did "severe injustice" with the people of Ladakh over the years. 

18:35 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Cong leader Hooda, JJP leader Digvijay Chautala file nominations from Sonipat

Congress leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda and leader of newly floated Jannayak Janata Party Digvijay Chautala filed their nominations from Sonipat seat, PTI reported. As per the affidavit filed before the returning officer by Hooda, the total value of his moveable assets that includes cash in hand, bank deposits, investments in gold jewellery is over Rs two crore.

18:31 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Hans Raj files nomination from North West Delhi, calls Modi 'hero'

Musician Hans Raj filed his nomination from North West Delhi constituency as a BJP candidate and said, "I have been a warrior since my childhood, I have to win. I am a son of a farm labourer, it is in my genes to work hard. I consider PM Modi as my hero."

18:22 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Kerala records turnout of 73%

Kerala recorded a voter turnout of 73 per cent till 6 pm, whereas Chhattisgarh recorded an overall turnout of 64.68 per cent and Kutch Parliamentary constituency recorded a turnout of 51.08 per cent till 5 pm

18:18 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Voting concludes in Assam
18:09 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Goa records voter turnout of 70%

Goa recorded an overall turnout of 70 per cent with North Goa witnessing 72.97 per cent and South Goa saw 68.90 per cent.

The Assembly bypolls including Mandrem, Mapusa and Shiroda recorded 75.99 per cent, 75.17 per cent and 75.72 per cent respectively.

18:03 (IST)23 Apr 2019
Overall voter turnout is 61% so far

Estimated voter turnout till now for the third phase is 61.31 per cent. Voting for 116 parliamentary constituencies across 13 states and 2 union territories is being held today.

Third phase of Lok Sabha elections The third phase of Lok Sabha elections will see polling in 116 seats across 15 states. (File)

The third phase of Lok Sabha elections will see polling in 116 seats across 15 states and Union Territories. Besides all seats in Gujarat (26), Goa (2) and Kerala (20), voting will be held in four seats in Assam, five in Bihar, seven in Chhattisgarh, 14 each in Karnataka and Maharashtra, six in Odisha, 10 in Uttar Pradesh, five in West Bengal, and one each in Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Tripura.

Among the well-known candidates in the fray in the third phase of Lok Sabha elections are BJP chief Amit Shah, who replaced LK Advani as the party nominee from Gandhinagar, and Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who will be contesting for the first time from Wayanad.

Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Jaswantsinh Bhabhor is the BJP nominee from Gujarat’s Dahod seat. Union minister Alphons Kannamthanam is seeking to make his Lok Sabha debut from Ernakulam while sitting Congress MP Shashi Tharoor has been pitted against former governor Kummanam Rajasekharan of BJP in Thiruvananthapuram.

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The stakes are high for the ruling BJP and its allies as they bagged 66 seats out of these 116 spread across 14 states and Union Territories in 2014 general election, while the Congress and its alliance partners won 27, and the rest went to other opposition parties and Independents.

About 18.56 crore voters are eligible for voting in this phase and the Election Commission has set up 2.10 lakh polling booths/stations and has made elaborate security arrangements.

In the first two phases, election was held to 91 and 96 seats on April 11 and April 18 respectively. Elections are being held in seven phases and with the completion of third phase, the election process will be completed in southern states.