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UP polls 5th phase: Over 59 % voter turnout

Over 59 % turnout was on Thursday recorded in the fifth phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections for 49 seats spread over 13 districts.



Lucknow: Over 59 per cent turnout was on Thursday
recorded in the fifth phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly
elections for 49 seats spread over 13 districts, including
strongholds of Mulayam Singh Yadav family and former Chief
Minister Kalyan Singh.

Election Commission officials in Lucknow and Delhi said
59.2 per cent of the 1.56 crore electorate cast its franchise.
In the 2007 assembly elections, a total 47.57 per cent votes
were cast in these districts.

In today`s phase, the fate of 829 candidates, including
that of Leader of the Opposition in the UP Assembly Shivpal
Singh Yadav, BJP leader Uma Bharati and former UP chief
minister Kalyan Singh would be decided.

Voters boycotted polls at seven polling stations in
Kanpur Nagar, Lalitpur, Etawah and Hamirpur districts over
issues of lack of development and minor scuffles between
election officials and voters, said Deputy Election
Commissioner Vinod Zutshi in Delhi.

"Polling in the 5th phase of UP elections remained
peaceful, without any complaint or interruption, as no major
incident of violence took place," he said.

Zutshi said, "There has been a 24 per cent increase in
voter turnout this time in the districts that went to polls
today, as compared to the 2007 assembly elections."

He said there could be a case for repoll after scrutiny
in one polling station in Jaswant Nagar assembly constituency
in Etawah district, as polling officials did not erase the
data for mock poll.

The Kanpur Cantt seat area saw some tension as the local
Congress candidate alleged that 75 per cent of voters` names
were missing from the voter list despite their having voter-ID
cards, according to the polls officials.

Angry voters there created a ruckus but heavy police
presence prevented the situation from worsening, they said.

They said the problem arose due to a minor error in the
list which was changed after delimitation and the issue was
resolved.

Another part of Cantt seat also witnessed similar
confusion in the voters` list and slogan-shouting by rival
party supporters.

Chief Electoral Officer Umesh Sinha told reporters in
Lucknow that highest voter turnout of 70.58 per cent was
recorded in Lalitpur district of Bundelkhand region, followed
by 62.25 in Ramabai Nagar and 61.57 per cent in Firozabad.

Among other districts Kanpur recorded 54.6 per cent,
Auraiya 59, Etah 60.25, Etawah 59, Mainpuri 57.25, Jhansi
60.38, Hamirpur 57, Mahoba 57, Kanshiram Nagar 60.04 and
Jalaun 60.

Sinha said that as compared to 2007 elections 24.44
per cent higher voting was recorded in this phase.

The CEO said that polling was held at 17267 polling
stations. While 2104 stations were identified as sensitive,
2256 were marked as hyper sensitive.

To check any irregularity at polling stations, 981
video cameras and 2100 digital cameras were installed, he
said.

In this phase, Leader of Opposition in the state
Assembly Shivpal Singh was a candidate seeking re-election
from Jaswantnagar seat in Etawah district.
Fate of firebrand leader Uma Bharati, who has made her
debut in UP electoral politics, was also sealed from Charkhari
seat in Mahoba district.

Charisma and political strength of former BJP stalwart
and UP CM Kalyan Singh was on test in this phase
as it included his stronghold of Etah district.

While former minister and state president of BJP`s
women wing Premlata Katiyar was in the fray from Kalyanpur
seat in Kanpur, a minister in BSP government Jaiveer Singh
contested from Karhal seat.

Among kin of political leaders, daughter of BSP state
president and cabinet minister Swami Prasad Maurya, Sanghmitra
Gautam was contesting from Aliganj seat in Etah district.

Similarly, Shikha Mishra, wife of former health
minister Anant Kumar Mishra alias Antu Mishra, who resigned
following the NRHM scam, was in the fray from Maharajpur seat
in Kanpur district.

In last assembly elections in 2007, there were 53 seats
in fifth phase of which BSP won 27, SP 14, BJP 6, Congress 4
and others 2.

PTI

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