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Lok Sabha elections: 47.53 percent voter turnout recorded till 3 pm in fifth phase

The fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections began on Monday in 49 parliamentary constituencies across six states and two Union territories (UTs). The Election Commission of India (ECI) reported a voter turnout of 47.53 percent till 3 pm.

According to the poll body, Ladakh recorded the highest voter turnout (61.26 per cent) followed by West Bengal (62.72 per cent), Jharkhand (53.90 per cent), Uttar Pradesh (47.55 per cent), Odisha (48.95 per cent), Jammu and Kashmir (44.90 per cent), Bihar (45.33 per cent) and Maharashtra (38.77 per cent).

Mumbai continued to disappoint, with voter turnout remaining below 40 per cent by 3 pm. Mumbai North recorded 39.33 per cent turnout, Mumbai North Central 37.66 per cent, Mumbai North East 39.15 per cent, and Mumbai North West 39.91 per cent. Mumbai South had the lowest turnout in the city, with only 36.64 per cent recorded till 3 pm. Mumbai South Central saw a turnout of 38.77 per cent.

Over 8.95 crore voters, including 4.69 crore males, 4.26 crore females, and 5409 third-gender electors, will decide the fate of 695 candidates in the fifth phase of voting, as per the ECI.

Several constituencies are witnessing intense contests, with prominent candidates such as Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, BJP leaders Rajnath Singh, Smriti Irani, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Piyush Goyal, Ujjwal Nikam, Karan Bhushan Singh, LJP (Ramvilas) chief Chirag Paswan, JKNC chief Omar Abdullah, and RJD leader Rohini Acharya in the fray.

The eight states/UTs polling in phase 5 are: Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal.

Of the 49 Lok Sabha seats, 14 are in Uttar Pradesh, 13 in Maharashtra, 7 in West Bengal, 5 in Bihar, 3 in Jharkhand, 5 in Odisha, and one each in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

To ensure free, fair, and peaceful voting, the ECI has deployed 2,000 flying squads, 2105 static surveillance teams, 881 video surveillance teams, and 502 video viewing teams round the clock across the 94,732 polling stations.

A strict vigil is being maintained at 216 international border check posts and 565 inter-state border check posts to prevent illicit activities like the flow of liquor, drugs, cash, and freebies. The ECI has also ensured strict surveillance on sea and air routes.

(With ANI input)

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