LS election 2019, 1st phase highlights: Voting largely peaceful, says Election Commission

Highights from the ground for the first phase of Lok Sabha Election 2019:

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Thursday, April 11, 2019 - 22:35
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As many as 20 states and union territories participated in the first phase of Lok Sabha 2019 election on Thursday. While the day saw sporadic incidents of violence and some allegations of EVMs malfunctioning, polling was mostly peaceful and organised.

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States and UTs which went to polls on Thursday, April 11 are Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Odisha, Sikkim, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, and UTs Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Lakshadweep. The results of the general elections will be declared on May 23.

Here are the highlights from the ground for the first phase of Lok Sabha Election 2019:

11 April 2019, 22:27 PM

The highest voting was seen in Tripura (81.8 per cent) followed by West Bengal (81 per cent).

Lowest voting in Bihar (50 per cent). (Read full report here)

11 April 2019, 20:48 PM

EC says it has seized cash, drugs, booze and other items worth Rs 2626 crore till today (1800hrs). (Read full report here)

11 April 2019, 20:21 PM

Voter turnout at 6PM:

Arunachal Pradesh (2 seats) - 66%, Bihar (4 seats) - 50%, Lakshadweep (1 seat) - 66%, Maharashtra (7 seats) - 56%, Meghalaya (2 seats) - 67.16%, Odisha (4 seats) - 68%, Uttar Pradesh (8 seats) - 63.69%.

(Final turnout figure expected to rise)

11 April 2019, 19:34 PM

Poll percentage till 6PM:

UP overall: Saharanpur - 70.68 per cent, Kairana, 62.1 per cent, Muzaffarnagar - 66.66 per cent, Bijnor - 65.40 per cent, Meerut - 63 per cent, Bagpat - 63.9 per cent, Ghaziabad - 57.6 per cent and Gautam Buddh Nagar - 60.15 per cent.

11 April 2019, 19:30 PM

Sinha informs voting on Thursday took place across 1.7 lakh polling stations in the country, adds that polling has now concluded completely in 10 states.

11 April 2019, 19:29 PM

"We would like to thank millions of voters who came to vote despite difficulties, especially differently-abled and senior citizens," Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha.

11 April 2019, 19:22 PM

Election Commission declares first phase of voting in Lok Sabha election 2019 a success. EC says voting was largely peaceful, barring a few incidents of violence.

EC also adds that 428 VVPAT machines were changed today.

11 April 2019, 19:21 PM

Voter turnout figure till 6PM:

Chhattisgarh - 67 per cent

Andaman and Nicobar Islands - 70.67 per cent

11 April 2019, 19:14 PM

CEC (Odisha state) declares 1st phase of Lok Sabha election 2019 a success:



11 April 2019, 18:26 PM

Poll percentage till 5PM:

Bihar: 50.26 per cent 

Telangana: 60.57 per cent

Meghalaya: 62 per cent

Uttar Pradesh: 59.77 per cent

Manipur: 78.20 per cent

Lakshadweep: 65.9 per cent

Assam: 68 per cent

11 April 2019, 18:25 PM

Breakdown of voter turnout in Maharashtra till 5PM: 

11 April 2019, 18:08 PM

Telangana sees voter turnout of 60.57 per cent till 5PM.

11 April 2019, 18:01 PM

Voting in the first phase concludes for all except those currently in queues.

11 April 2019, 17:50 PM

Protecting the country, one vote at a time!


11 April 2019, 17:46 PM

5PM voter turnout figures:

Bihar: 49.5 per cent voting recorded in Aurangabad, 48.6 per cent in Gaya, 49 per cent in Nawada and 54 per cent in Jamui.

Gautam Buddh Nagar, UP (breakdown): 50.43 per cent in Noida, 57.33 per cent in Dadri, 66.09 per cent in Jewar and 57.95 per cent in Janpad.

UP overall: Saharanpur - 63.67 per cent, Kairana, 60 per cent, Muzaffarnagar - 60.80 per cent, Bijnor - 60.60 per cent, Meerut - 59.40 per cent, Bagpat - 60.40 per cent, Ghaziabad - 55.20 per cent and Gautam Buddh Nagar - 58 per cent.

11 April 2019, 17:15 PM

Gender no bar when it comes to voting!

Here's how women have come out in more and more numbers to vote in Lok Sabha elections:

11 April 2019, 17:11 PM

Voting as Indian citizens for the first time:

The Enclave Settlement with Bangladesh had added 9,776 'new Indians' to West Bengal's voter list.

11 April 2019, 17:09 PM

Voter turnout till 3 PM in Andhra Pradesh was 55 per cent, in Arunachal Pradesh was 50.87 per cent and in Sikkim was 55 per cent.

11 April 2019, 16:48 PM

Voter turnout in Maharashtra till 3PM today is 46.13 per cent.

In Jammu and Kashmir, it is 46.17 per cent.

11 April 2019, 16:43 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi slams Congress for indulging in corruption, says a new scam 'Tughlaq Road Chunav Ghotala' by it has come to the fore.

11 April 2019, 16:33 PM

Bihar: 38.50 per cent voting recorded in Aurangabad, 44 per cent in Gaya, 43 per cent in Nawada and 41.34 per cent in Jamui, till 3 PM.

11 April 2019, 16:31 PM

Here is the full list of voter turnout across Telangana's parliamentary constituencies today (till 3PM):

11 April 2019, 16:09 PM

Bengal poll percentage at 3PM: 71.01 per cent

11 April 2019, 16:00 PM

Devendra Fadnavis and wife Amruta cast their votes in Nagpur:


11 April 2019, 15:55 PM

Voter turnout till 3PM in Uttar Pradesh is 50.86 per cent.

11 April 2019, 15:45 PM

Voter turnout till 3pm in:

Lakshadweep: 51.25 per cent

Uttarakhand: 46.59 per cent

Manipur: 68.90 per cent

Nagaland: 68 per cent

Nagpur constituency: 38.35 per cent

EC voter turnout figures from all 20 states and UTs voting today (till 2PM):

11 April 2019, 15:04 PM

TDP leader Kodela Siva Prasada Rao attacked at a polling booth in Sattenapalli.

11 April 2019, 14:44 PM

Voting percentage till 1pm in:

J&K (Jammu and Baramulla) - 35.52 per cent

Sikkim: 39.08 per cent

Mizoram: 46.5 per cent

11 April 2019, 14:37 PM

Former cricketer and Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) working president, Mohammad Azharuddin, cast his vote at polling booth number 71.

11 April 2019, 14:28 PM

Security personnel fired shots in air after some ppl tried to cast vote without voter ID at a polling station in Shamli. District Magistrate says,“BSF personnel, fired in air for security reasons after some ppl without voter ID tried to cast vote. Voting has resumed now."


11 April 2019, 14:16 PM

11 April 2019, 13:58 PM

Andra Pradesh: TDP worker S Bhaskar Reddy has died in poll clashes in Tadipatri town of Anantapur on Thursday during the first phase of Lok Sabha Election 2019. The party alleged that YSR Congress Party workers are behind the incident.  

11 April 2019, 13:53 PM

TDP leader S Bhaskar Reddy killed in clashes in Tadipatri town of Anantapur. TDP has alleged that YSRCP workers are behind the incident: ANI

11 April 2019, 13:50 PM

Bihar: 34.60% voting recorded in Aurangabad, 33% in Gaya, 37% in Nawada and 29% in Jamui, till 1 pm.

11 April 2019, 13:49 PM

TDP candidate Kodela Sivaprasad Rao who was injured in AP's Guntur district.

11 April 2019, 13:46 PM

11 April 2019, 13:39 PM

States with a maximum number of women candidates elected in 2014; Uttar Pradesh tops the list with 13 followed by West Bengal with 12.



11 April 2019, 13:38 PM

BR Tiwari, Additional Chief Election Officer on reports of Namo food packets being distributed in Noida: "We came to know about this from media reports. There is a very old shop, more than 10-year-old, which has this brand name. It has been highlighted in a different manner in media."

11 April 2019, 13:37 PM

 "The right to vote is a precious gift that we’ve received from our freedom fighters & martyrs. The only way to express our sincere gratitude towards their sacrifices is to exercise that right," tweeted Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra.

11 April 2019, 13:29 PM

AP Chief Minister and TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu alleged that party leader Siddha Bhaskar Reddy was "murdered" after YSR Congress leaders' attacked him in Tadipatri, Ananthapur district.

In a party release, Naidu further alleged that YSR Congress leaders also attacked "TDP Candidate and Assembly Speaker Shri Kodela Sivaprasad in Guntur's Sattenapalli", "Independent candidate in Nellore's Sarvaepalli", and TDP leaders in Guntur's Narasaraopet constituency and Ananthapur's Raptadu constituency.

The release also accused Chandragiri constituency YSRCP candidate Chevireddy Bhaskar Reddy of using foul language with the voters



11 April 2019, 13:23 PM

Clashes broke out between YSR Congress Party and TDP workers in Puthalapattu Constituency in Bandarlapalli, Andhra Pradesh. Police resorted to lathi-charge.


11 April 2019, 13:14 PM

Responding to Omar Abdullah's allegations, Poonch (J&K) District Election Officer said, "There was an issue with Congress button in Shahpur, our staff replaced the machine. At another polling station BJP button wasn't working, we changed that also."

11 April 2019, 13:13 PM

Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah alleged that the Congress button is not working in Poonch polling stations:

11 April 2019, 13:10 PM

11 April 2019, 12:33 PM

Top stars from the Telugu film industry including renowned actors Allu Arjun, Chiranjeevi, Ram Charan Tej, Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao Jr also known as Junior NTR and SS Rajamouli came out and cast their vote in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. Allu Arjun arrived at the BSNL office, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad to cast his vote. The actor also urged his fans to exercise their franchise by sharing a post on his Instagram account.



Today is that 1 day which will decide how the next 1825 days should be. Pls cast your vote.

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11 April 2019, 12:29 PM

Sumitra Rai, 107, the oldest voter of Sikkim casts her vote Kamrang Secondary School polling station at Poklok Kamrang, South Sikkim.

11 April 2019, 12:28 PM

Khammam Congress candidate Renuka Choudhary, Jana Sena Chief Pawan Kalyan and TRS Working President KT Rama Rao at polling stations:




11 April 2019, 12:26 PM

Maharashtra: IED blast by Naxals near a polling booth in Etapalli in Gadchiroli district. No injuries have been reported.

11 April 2019, 12:13 PM

National People's Party chief and Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma cast his vote in Meghalaya on Thursday.


11 April 2019, 12:11 PM

Sikkim: Nearly 15 per cent votes were cast in the first three hours of polling in Sikkim on Thursday in simultaneous elections for a new 32-member state Legislative Assembly and to pick its only Lok Sabha member. "Around 15 per cent polling has been reported overall," sources in the state Chief Electoral Officer`s office said.

Voting began at 7 a.m. and will end at 5 p.m. A total of 423,325 voters are eligible to exercise their franchise in 567 polling stations to choose their representatives from among 150 candidates for the state Assembly and 11 for the lone Lok Sabha seat.