Lok Sabha election 2019 phase 5 voting updates: 51% voter turnout till 3 pm
Fifty one parliamentary constituencies (PCs) are voting today in the fifth, and the smallest phase of the 2019 general elections. Barring seven PCs in West Bengal and Anantnag and Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, this phase of election is entirely in Hindi speaking states.
A 2019 phase-wise classification of PCs by 2014 results shows that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its other National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partners had the highest seat share in the PCs which are going to polls today.
The NDA won 41 out of the 51 seats in 2014, 27 more than its 2009 tally.
Here are the highlights:
-- 51% voter turnout till 3 pm
At 3 pm, the voter turnout in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019 stood at 50.62%.
44.08% polling was recorded in Bihar, 15.34% in Jammu and Kashmir, 53.77% in Madhya Pradesh, 50.40% in Rajasthan, 44.79% in Uttar Pradesh, 62.84% in West Bengal and 58.63% in Jharkhand, as per data on Election Commission’s Voter Turnout app.
-- Cradle at polling booths for women coming with newborns
At a polling booth in Madhya Pradesh’s Piparia in Hoshangabad parliamentary constituency, poll personnel have placed a cradle on the premises to facilitate voting by women who come with their newborns.
-- 41% voter turnout till 1 pm
At 1 pm, the voter turnout in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019 stood at 40.73%.
32.27% polling was recorded in Bihar, 11.35% in Jammu and Kashmir, 43.93% in Madhya Pradesh, 42.63% in Rajasthan, 35.15% in Uttar Pradesh, 50.78% in West Bengal and 45.98% in Jharkhand, as per data on Election Commission’s Voter Turnout app.
-- Smriti Irani alleges booth capturing in Amethi
“I tweeted an alert to administration and EC (alleging booth capturing in Amethi), hope they take action. People of the country have to decide whether this kind of politics of Rahul Gandhi should be punished or not,” said Union minister Smriti Irani.
-- EVM glitches in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal
Polling was delayed in several booths in West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan after EVMs developed technical glitch in several parliamentary constituencies. In West Bengal, Howrah and Uluberia booths reported glitches in EVMs and VVPATs.
Polling in two of the four polling booths in Sarsawan under Mohanlalganj constituency of Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow was also delayed because of a technical glitch in EVM. Two EVMs also reported to have developed a snag at Mehmoodpur polling station of Kaushambi.
-- Violence in Bengal
In West Bengal’s Barrackpore parliamentary constituency BJP candidate Arjun Singh alleged he was “attacked by goondas” of the Trinamool Congress. Television news channels showed Singh scuffling even as the BJP leader’s personal security guards tried to intervene. He was also shown fighting with a policeman. The incident happened in Mohanpur, about 29km to the north of state capital Kolkata.
-- Grenade attack on Kashmir poll booth
Suspected militants threw a grenade at Rohmoo polling station in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir where polling is underway for the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency, said police. This was the first militant attack on a polling station in this Lok Sabha election in Jammu and Kashmir.
-- Rahul, Sonia Gandhi, Rajnath Singh among heavyweights in phase 5
Among the high-profile candidates in the fray in this round are Rajnath Singh from Lucknow, Rahul Gandhi from Amethi, Sonia Gandhi from Rae Bareli, Rajyavardhan Rathore from Jaipur Rural, Rajiv Pratap Rudy from Saran and Dinesh Trivedi from Barrackpore
A 2019 phase-wise classification of Lok Sabha seats by 2014 results shows that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its other National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partners had the highest seat share in the seats that are going to polls today.