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Lok Sabha polls 2019: West Bengal leads in voter turnout 3 hours after polling began

90-year-old Urmila and Usha cast their votes at polling booth number 39 in Bhagalpur, Bihar  Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Apr 18, 2019, 10.17 AM (IST)

Three hours after the second phase of polling commenced on Thursday, West Bengal is leading in terms of voter turnout with 16.77 per cent electorates having already exercised their franchise. 

The turnout in Manipur is 16.60 per cent while Chhattisgarh has recorded at 13.09 per cent at 10 am, according to data provided by the Election Commission. 

In Chhattisgarh, voters have braved the threats of Naxals and have come out in large numbers to cast votes in three constituencies which are voting. 

In Bihar, voter turnout has touched 10.10 per cent in the first three hours, while Uttar Pradesh, which has eight constituencies going to polls, has clocked 9.35 per cent voting till 9 am.

Among other states going to polls, voter turnout in the first two hours in Odisha is 6.75 per cent, Karnataka 7.60 per cent, Jammu and Kashmir 5.86 per cent, Tamil Nadu 6.85 per cent, Maharashtra 6.60 per cent and Puducherry 7.48 per cent.

The second the phase of polling is being held in Assam (five seats), Bihar (five seats), Chhattisgarh (three seats), Jammu and Kashmir (two seats), Karnataka (14 seats), Maharashtra (10 seats), Manipur (one seat), Odisha (five seats), Tamil Nadu (38 seats), Uttar Pradesh (eight seats), West Bengal (three seats), and Union Territory Puducherry (one seat). 

Assam - 11.80%
Bihar - 10.10%
J&K - 5.86%
Karnataka - 7.60%
Maharashtra - 6.60%
Manipur - 16.60%
Odisha - 6.75%
Tamil Nadu - 6.85%
Uttar Pradesh - 9.35%
West Bengal - 16.77%
Chhattisharh - 13.09%
Puducherry - 7.48%