Marred by sporadic incidents of violence in West Bengal and Manipur, the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections 2019 held today was by and large peaceful in 95 parliamentary constituencies across 11 states and 1 Union Territory.
According to Election Commission, Puducherry saw a high voter turnout of 78 per cent while in Manipur, the polling percentage was nearly 75 per cent and West Bengal 75.27 per cent. Srinagar, which in 2014 witnessed the lowest voter turnout in the country at 25.86 per cent, saw 12.43 per cent polling, with highest 17.1 per cent recorded in Shia-dominated Budgam district till 3 pm.
Till 6.00 pm, 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%.
In the second phase of polling, a total electorate of 15.8 crore cast their votes. There were 7.8 crore women voters indicating the rising participation of women in the electoral process. People with disabilities added up to 8.45 lakh.
After reports of EVMs malfunctioning in some seats came in, the Election Commission replaced 0.37% of ballot units and 1.45% VVPATs till the end of the day’s polling. Elections for the 18 assembly segments where bypolls are being held saw a voter turnout of 55.97 per cent till 5 pm.