54.41% turnout in State

BHOPAL: The second phase of Lok Sabha polls registered over 54.41 percent turnout with comparatively poorer response of voters in the Gwalior- Chambal region, where heavy security arrangements were made for peaceful polling.

Barring a few incidents, including death of a 49- year old man due to lightening near a polling booth and booth capturing at two places in the Sagar constituency, the polling remained peaceful.

Rains accompanied with heavy winds affected polling in three constituencies Morena, Bhind and Gwalior. The turnout of makes was 61.08 percent and of females 46.64 percent.Polling was affected because of technical problems in EVMs at 17 booths as per primary information available with CEO office. In all 324 EVMs were changed in ten parliamentary constituencies.

” EVMs were changed as due to technical problems. The highest number of EVMs- 13 – were changed in Bhopal parliamentary area,” said CEO Jaideep Govind.The polling started at 7 am with 11 percent average turnout being registered in first two hours.

The figure reached 40 percent till 2 pm. The turnout was higher than the average till afternoon in Guna, Rajgarh, Sagar, Vidisha districts, while it was on the lower side in Bhopal, Sehore, Sheopur, Bhind and Ashok Nagar districts.

Polling has gone up by 8.20 percent rise in this election as compared with 2009. In that election, the average polling was 46.21 per cent.

People boycotted polling at one dozen booths across the state in the morning but there were only two booths- 99 no booth in Datia and 139 no booth in Lahar ( Bhind) – where CONTD. ON P2 Morena 51.67% Bhind 45.16% Gwalior 50.78% Guna 61.11% Sagar 59.08% Tikamgarh 50.67% Damoh 54.06% Khajuraho 50.11% Bhopal 58.42% Rajgarh 63.40% Scindia, Pavaiya don’t vote Jyotiraditya Scindia and Jaibhan Singh Pavaiya, Congress and BJP candidates from Guna constituency did not cast their votes. The names of both are included in the voters’ list of Gwalior and they preferred not to leave the constituency and travel to Gwalior to exercise their franchise.

Turnout in 10 constituencies A woman helps her elderly family member to exercises her franchise at Rashidia School in Bhopal on Thursday.Sushma Swaraj exercises her franchise at MLB College

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