Close to 58% turnout in fourth phase of UP polls

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A total of 2.13 crore voters, including 1.14 crore males, 99.3 lakh females and 966 transgenders, exercised their franchise in the Phase IV of the polling …reports Asian Lite News

The fourth phase of Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday witnessed a voter turnout of 57.83 per cent, according to the data released by the Election Commission.

Giving a district-wise break-up, the Election Commission said that Banda district registered 57.48 per cent polling, Fatehpur 57.38 per cent, Hardoi 56.51 per cent, Kheri 62.74 per cent, Lucknow 54.98 per cent, Pilibhit 61.42 per cent, Rae Bareli 60.22 per cent, Sitapur 58.30 per cent while Unnao registered a voter turnout of 54.12 per cent.

A total of 2.13 crore voters, including 1.14 crore males, 99.3 lakh females and 966 transgenders, exercised their franchise in the Phase IV of the polling for Uttar Pradesh Assembly across 59 seats spread over nine districts.

There are 624 candidates in the fray in this phase. Elections were held in 24,643 polling booths and 13,817 polling stations with a maximum of 1,250 voters per booth, the Election Commission data said.

EC relaxes 50% cap on rallies, roadshows

The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Tuesday relaxed the 50 per cent cap on space usage during meetings, rallies and roadshows of political parties and candidates during ongoing Assembly elections for Uttar Pradesh and Manipur.

The has been taken after a sharp decline in Covid cases.

According to the order issued by the ECI, “Now the Commission has allowed the Political parties/candidates to hold their meetings and rallies subject to State Disaster Management Act regulations. Restriction of using only 50 per cent capacity of space has been relaxed.”

The poll panel took a periodic review of the status of Covid in the country and specially in the poll bound states. As per updated information received from the Union Health Secretary, the Covid cases have already declined significantly (from 3.47 lakh on January 21 to nearly 13,400 as on Tuesday) and have come to a “minimal level” in the country.

The Commission also said that even in the reported cases, the maximum number of cases are from non-polling states. In Uttar Pradesh and Manipur, the number of cases have come down to just around 500, it added.

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