Lok Sabha elections 2019: Second phase of LS polls clocks 66% voter turnout

Marred by sporadic incidents of violence in West Bengal and Manipur, the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections 2019 held on April 18 was by and large peaceful in 95 parliamentary constituencies across 11 states and 1 Union Territory, the Election Commission said at the conclusion of polls.

Most states witnessed moderate to high voter turnout with Puducherry clocking the highest at 73.3%. The voter turnout was 66% overall as compared to about 69.6% in 2014. In Karnataka, voter turnout was 61.8%, in Assam 73%, in Jammu and Kashmir 43.3%, in Uttar Pradesh 58.6%, in Bihar 56.2% and in Maharashtra 57.2%.

“We are happy to announce that voters turned up in large numbers in the second phase of polling and there were no incidents of poll boycott in this phase in most of the states. We would also like to especially thank the large number of poll volunteers who helped people with disabilities to cast their vote,” an Election Commission spokesperson said.

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