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62% turnout in final phase, overall 60% in Lok Sabha poll

india Updated: May 13, 2009 20:55 IST

The curtain came down today on the staggered polling in Lok Sabha elections with an estimated 62 per cent of the electorate exercising their franchise in the final round and recording an overall turnout of 60 per cent across the five-phased exercise.

Barring stray violence which left two persons dead, the final round saw voting in 86 constituencies where nearly 11 crore voters were eligible to vote, across nine states and two union territories, including all 39 seats in Tamil Nadu, considered a key swing state, where the turnout was recorded at 60-62 percent in the 39 seats.

Skirmishes marred polling in some places in Tamil Nadu leaving ond local DMK functionary dead in Dindgul district.

Fifty two percent of the voters turned out in the 14 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh spread across Rohilkhand region and western part of the state which put to test the Muslim-Yadav vote bank of Samajwadi Party.

About 70 per cent turnout was recorded in the 11 constituencies in West Bengal which went to poll today and the exercise passed off by and large peacefully except the killing of a local CPI(M) leader allegedly by Trinamool Congress activists.

Chief Election Commssioner Navin Chawla told reporters here that the overall turnout of voters involving nearly 714 million voters in the five phases was 59-60 per cent.