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Uttar Pradesh Polls: Over 57% polling recorded till 5 pm

Voters cast their ballot at a polling station in Gorakhpur. Photograph: (ANI)

ANI Uttar Pradesh, India Mar 04, 2017, 03.53 PM (IST)

A total of 57.03 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 5 pm today in the sixth phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

`Voter turnout in this phase as it stands at 5 pm has been 57.03 per cent against 55.04 percent of 2012. And this 57.03 percent is counting as at 5 pm," said Deputy Election Commissioner Vijay Kumar Dev at a press conference.

"As per the figures that we have been able to receive from 72 per cent polling stations because balance 28 per cent polling stations are not in the communicational zone, so we do not have the figures yet. But 72 per cent polling stations the figures that have reached till 4 pm it is 84 per cent," said Sudeep Jain Director General.

Earlier, 24.50 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 11 am.Security arrangements were made for the electorate at 17,926 polling booths across 49 Assembly seats.

The districts that went to polls are Mau, Gorakhpur, Deoria, Ballia and Azamgarh. Around 1.72 crore voters, with 94.60 lakh men and 77.84 women, will decide the fate of 635 candidates.

The political fate of leaders like Union Minister Kalraj Singh and Firebrand leader Yogi Adityanath is at stake in this crucial phase of polls.

The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has fielded candidates on all 49 seats. Under their alliance, the Samajwadi Party is contesting 40 seats and the Congress nine seats.

The final figure for the voter turnout will be available only when these poll parties return.The results will be announced on March 11. 

(ANI)

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