UP Assembly polls 2017: 64.2% voter turnout in first phase

Uttar Pradesh saw a voter turnout of 64.2% in the first phase of Assembly Polls, Election Commission said on Saturday.

UP Assembly polls 2017: 64.2% voter turnout in first phase

Uttar Pradesh saw a voter turnout of 64.2% in the first phase of Assembly Polls, Election Commission said on Saturday.

Polling was held in 73 assembly constituencies in western Uttar Pradesh on Saturday in the first of seven phases of what is billed as a semi-final before the 2019 national election.

In the 2012 Assembly elections in the state, 59.4% voters had exercised their franchise.

The BJP, SP-Congress alliance and the BSP are locked in a close contest in western UP, with Ajit Singh of the Rashtriya Lok Dal or RLD hoping to consolidate some of the Jat vote once again and push back into political relevance.


In western UP the Samajwadi Party and Congress hope to consolidate the significant Muslim vote - 17% of the state's total population - with the partnership - they split the vote in previous elections. BSP supremo Mayawati, who hopes to wrest back the state she lost in 2012, too is eyeing the Muslim vote to supplement her Dalit support base that constitutes 21% of the population. She has fielded almost 100 Muslim candidates this time.

There are 404 seats in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly. Polling in western Uttar Pradesh today will set the tone for the next six phases of elections to be held in the coming weeks

The results of the polls will be announced on March 11. The Election Commission of India has made adequate security arrangements and expects the polls to be fair peaceful with large voter turnout.