Except for a minor incident, polling remained peaceful in the third phase of Lok Sabha elections on Tuesday with overall about 60 percent voter turnout recorded this time.
Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said, except minor incident, polling remained peaceful in this phase of the seven-phased parliamentary polls held in 116 constituencies and Anantnag district of Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency.
The prominent candidates in the fray in this phase included BJP President Amit Shah from Gandhinagar, Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi from Wayanad (Kerala), Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav from Mainpuri, BJP’s Varun Gandhi and Jaya Prada, Azam Khan of Samajwadi Party, PDP President Mehbooba Mufti from Anantnag and NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule from Baramati.
Meanwhile, Tripura witnessed highest 79.64 percent voting followed by West Bengal 78.97 percent.
Assam recorded 74.05 percent, Kerala 73.06 percent, Daman and Diu 73 percent, Dadar and Nagar haveli 71.43, Goa 70.90, Chhattisgarh 64.02 percent, Karnataka 60.42 percent, Gujarat 59 percent, Bihar 60 percent, Maharashtra 62 percent, Uttar Pradesh 60.52 percent and in Jammu and Kashmir 12.86 percent voting was recorded.
64 percent polling was recorded for both Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Odisha. Elections were held simultaneously there.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission has seized unaccounted cash, illicit liquor, drugs, gold and freebies worth over Rs. 3,126 crore since the Model Code of Conduct came into effect.
The Election official said of the 543 Lok Sabha constituencies, polls concluded in 303 constituency. People came out in a large number to exercise their rights to franchise, he added.