Uttar Pradesh elections: Polling ends in final phase, all eyes on results

Over 1.41 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in the seventh and last phase of the assembly elections. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 08, 2017, 10.07 AM (IST)

Polling for the 40 remaining seats in the Uttar Pradesh elections ended today evening as the seventh and final phase came to a close. Voter turnout recorded till 5pm was 60.03 per cent, ANI reported.

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Over 1.41 crore voters were eligible to exercise their franchise in the seventh and last phase of the assembly elections, including 76.87 lakh men and 64.99 lakh women. 

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A total of 535 candidates, including 51 women, were in the fray for the 40 assembly seats spread across seven districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh known as Poorvanchal.

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Voting was brisk with twenty-two per cent recorded till 11 am. The results of the seven-phase elections will be announced on March 11.

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The BJP is contesting in 32 seats and its allies - the Apana Dal and the Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party - are contesting on four seats each.

The BSP is fighting in all 40 seats while the Samajwadi Party is contesting 31 seats, its ally the Congress is in the race for the remaining seats.The counting of votes will take place on March 11.

All eyes were on Prime Minister Modi's constituency Varanasi after he spent three days campaigning there and was later joined in the race by the opposition chief minister Akhilesh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi along with former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati of the BSP.

(WION with agency input)