New Delhi, Apr 11: After the high pitch campaign, first phase of Lok Sabha polls concluded on Thursday in a by and large peaceful manner barring minor incidents of violence, the Election Commission said.
The polls were conducted in 91 seats, spread across 20 states and two Union Territories, for Lok Sabha and assembly seats simultaneously in four states. “We thank the voters for coming out to vote in significant numbers. We would also like to thank the state machinery, security forces and nodal officers in various states for their support to ensure smooth polling,” the Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said.
According to the details available with the Commission, Tripura witnessed the highest polling at 81.8 percent till 1700 hours and Baramulla in Jammu and Kashmir recorded 32.29 percent. Jammu, the second seat in Jammu and Kashmir, recorded 67.39 per cent voter turnout. While, Andhra Pradesh witnessed a total voter turnout of 66 percent, in Telangana, where Lok Sabha were conducted for the first time after its formation, witnessed a voter turnout of 60.6 percent.According to the Commission, in the northeastern states, Sikkim witnessed 69 percent, Mizoram -60 percent, Manipur -78.2 percent, Assam- 68 percent and West Bengal - 81 percent.
In Bihar, where elections were held in four seats recorded a 50 percent till 5pm, in Odisha, 68 percent voter turnout recorded in four seats. While voter turnout in Uttar Pradesh’s eight seats witnessed a 63.69 percent voting, seven seats in Maharashtra recorded a 56 percent till 5pm. According to the poll body, the polling in Andaman and Nicobar Islands till 1700 was 56 percent, in Lakshadweep witnessed 66 percent polling. The second phase of polling will be held on April 18. (UNI)