Lok Sabha elections 2019: In most states that went to polls in first phase, voter turnouts are much less compared to 2014
Data from the Election Commission (EC) showed that most states, including northeast states, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana recorded lower voter turnouts during the first phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls compared to 2014. However, the EC assured that the final overall figures were more or less close to those recorded in 2014.
During the first phase, polls were held in 91 Lok Sabha constituencies across 18 states and two Union territories. A total of over 14 crore people remained eligible to vote across these 91 constituencies for 1279 candidates.
Tripura and West Bengal recorded the highest voter turnout during the first phase at 81.8% and 81% respectively. The lowest turnouts were recorded in Bihar (50%) and Jammu and Kashmir (54.5%).
Surprisingly, Andhra Pradesh (66%) and Telangana (60%) recorded nearly 10% less voter turnout than the average figure recorded in 2014 before the state of Andhra Pradesh was bifurcated.
The overall average voter turnout for the first phase was recorded as 69.4%, which is 4% higher than the overall average voter turnout across all nine phases of elections in 2014.
It should also be noted that polling is completed in all the Lok Sabha constituencies of only Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, and Sikkim.
So far, among the states that went to polls in the first phase, only eight constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, seven in Maharashtra, six in Bihar, five in Assam, four in Odisha, two each in Jammu and Kashmir and West Bengal and one constituency in Chhattisgarh have completed polling.
Voting for the second phase will commence on April 18, 2019 in Tamil Nadu (39 seats), Puducherry (1 seat), Karnataka (14 seats), Maharashtra (10 seats), Uttar Pradesh (8 seats), Assam (5 seats), Bihar (5 seats), Odisha (5 seats), Chhattisgarh (3 seats), West Bengal (3 seats), Jammu and Kashmir (2 seats), Manipur (1 seat) and Tripura (1 seat).