Assembly polls: Uttar Pradesh sees 65.5% voting, 68% in Uttarakhand

Witnessing a high voter turnout on Wednesday, the second phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections saw 66% voter turnout, while Uttarakhand recorded the polling of 68% voters in the state.

Assembly polls: Uttar Pradesh sees 65.5% voting, 68% in Uttarakhand

Witnessing a high voter turnout on Wednesday, the second phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections saw 66% voter turnout, while Uttarakhand recorded the polling of 68% voters in the state.

The Phase 2 polling in Uttar Pradesh elections was for 67 seats and electorate in 69 assembly constituencies of Uttarakhand casted their vote today.

“This time Uttarakhand voter turn-out has been the highest ever. The turnout was 68% at 5PM and in many number of polling stations there were long queues so it is likely to go higher,"  Sandeep Saxena, deputy election commissioner was quoted by Livemint as saying.


"In the 2012 elections the turnout was 67.22% and 62.15% in 2014 general elections,” said Sandeep Saxena, deputy election commissioner, Sandeep Saxena added.

In this Uttarakhand Elections 2017, polling in Karnaprayag seat has been put off to March 9 following the death of BSP candidate Kuldeep Singh Kanwasi in a road accident on Sunday.

In UP, of the 67 seats at stake, ruling Samajwadi Party had won 34 in 2012, followed by BSP 18, BJP 10, Congress three and others two. In phase 2 of up elections, 721 candidates are in the fray with a maximum of 22 from Barhapur (Bijnor) and a minimum of four nominees from Dhanaura (Amroha).

While the BJP and the BSP are fighting on all 67 phase 2 seats, the SP is contesting 51 seats and Congress 18 and the Rashtriya Lok Dal 53. Nationalist Congress Party, Communist Party of India-Marxist and the Communist Party of India have also put up their candidates. There are 207 independents.

The next five phases of polling will be held on February 19, 23, 27 and on March 4 and 8. Counting of votes will be taken up on 11 March.





The staggered battle for the Uttar Pradesh assembly began on 11 February when 73 constituencies went to the polls. The first phase recorded 64.22 per cent voter turnout which was better than 59.60 per cent in 2012 and 45.96 per cent in 2007.

Manipur will vote on March 4 and 8. Goa and Punjab have voted on February 4. Counting of votes in all the states will be taken up on March 11, culminating the exercise.