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64.66% voter turnout in phase 3 of Lok Sabha polls: Election Commission

File photo. Photograph:( ANI )

New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 23, 2019, 08.15 PM (IST)

The third phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha polls came to an end on Tuesday evening with 64.66 per cent of total overall voter turnout, the Election Commission stated. 

Voting was held in 116 Lok Sabha seats. As many as 13 states and 2 union territories went to polls today. Kerala, Gujarat and Goa were the three states where all constituencies were up for voting. 

BJP president Amit Shah, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and several union ministers were among the prominent candidates in the fray in the largest polling phase of the general elections. 

Assam, Tripura and West Bengal were in a neck to neck competition for the top spot in voter turnout today.

Reports of EVM glitches and technical snags surfaced in isolated places across states like Odisha and Goa. 

West Bengal, where polling was marred by violence in the previous phase, saw incidents of unrest. A man, standing in a queue to cast his vote, was killed in clashes that broke out between Trinamool Congress and Congress workers in state's Murshidabad

The overall polling percentage in the first two phases was recorded at 69.45 per cent and 69.43 per cent respectively.

 phase 3 lok sabha polls

In the first two phases, the election was held on 91 and 95 seats on April 11 and April 18 respectively. 

Election to 543 seats is being held in seven phases. The counting of votes will be on May 23.