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:

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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
22:18 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)

20:47 PM

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

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)

19:32 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.

19:29 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.

19:28 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.

19:21 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.

19:20 PM

Voter turnout figure till 6PM:

Chhattisgarh - 67 per cent

Andaman and Nicobar Islands - 70.67 per cent

19:14 PM

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

 

 

18:25 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

18:23 PM

Breakdown of voter turnout in Maharashtra till 5PM: 

18:07 PM

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

18:01 PM

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

17:49 PM

Protecting the country, one vote at a time!
 

 

17:42 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.

17:13 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:

17:10 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.

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.

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.

16:42 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.

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.

16:28 PM

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

16:08 PM

Bengal poll percentage at 3PM: 71.01 per cent

15:59 PM

Devendra Fadnavis and wife Amruta cast their votes in Nagpur:
 

 

15:54 PM

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

15:04 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):

14:44 PM

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

14:42 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

14:34 PM

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

14:27 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."

 

14:13 PM

13:57 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.  

13:50 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

13:50 PM

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

13:46 PM

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

13:45 PM

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.

 

 

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."

13:34 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.

13:23 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

 

 

13:22 PM

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

 

13:13 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."

13:11 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:

13:09 PM

12:29 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.

A post shared by Allu Arjun (@alluarjunonline) on

 

12:28 PM

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

12:26 PM

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

 

 

 

12:26 PM

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

12:11 PM

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

 

12:10 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.

12:07 PM

Voter turnout till 11 am:

24.66% voting recorded in Jammu & Baramulla parliamentary constituencies

38.08% in West Bengal (2 seats)

26.5% in Tripura (1 seat) 

12:02 PM

11:56 AM

Lok Sabha Election 2019: 24.32% voter turnout recorded till 11 am in 8 parliamentary constituencies.

- 27% voting in Meghalaya

- 22.84% voting recorded in Telangana

- 23.78% in Uttarakhand

- 13.7% in Maharashtra

- 29.8% in Mizoram

- 27.48% in Arunachal Pradesh

- 48% in Nagaland

- 35% in Manipur

- 20.31% in Bihar

-23.10% in Lakshadweep 

- 14.37% in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

11:46 AM

N Chandrababu Naidu writes to CEC: "Likely that many voters who returned may not come back for voting even if polling is resumed after replacement / repair of existing EVMs.Therefore repolling needed in all polling stations where polling had not commenced upto 9.30am." 

11:02 AM

Polling going on smoothly in various polling stations in the Tuensang district Nagaland.

 

10:58 AM

"I am expecting a 5-0 whitewash of (the) Congress. We will repeat the feat of 2014," said  Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat after casting his vote along with his family members at the Defence Colony area in the Haridwar parliamentary constituency. In 2014, the BJP won all the five seats in the state.

 

 

10:54 AM

Overal voter turnout in Jammu: 11.43% 

Jammu Constituency

1. Jammu: 14.12%
2. Samba: 16.52%
3. Rajouri: 11.88%
4. Poonch: 12.98%

Baramulla Constituency

1. Baramulla: 5.80%
2. Kupwara: 7.98%
3. Bandipora: 5.97%

Migrants 10.24%

10:44 AM

Please note: A Photo Voter Slip can be used for guidance but not as identity proof for voting! READ MORE

 

10:27 AM

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat showing his inked finger after casting his vote for Lok Sabha election in Dehradun on April 11, 2019. (Photo: IANS)

10:25 AM

Voter turnout at 9 AM: 

 

10:22 AM

West Bengal: 18.12 per cent voter turnout till 9 am 

 

10:22 AM
10:10 AM

An estimated 10.2 per cent voters on Thurday exercised their franchise in the first two hours of polling in five parliamentary constituencies in Assam, amid reports of EVM glitches in a few booths and an IED being detected at an oil pipeline, officials said.

10:10 AM

Maharashtra Voting Percentage till 9 am:

NAGPUR - 11 % 
BHANDARA - 07 % 

10:09 AM

 BJP President Amit Shah urged people to vote:

10:03 AM

AIMIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi casts his vote at a polling booth in the city. He is a three-time sitting MP from the constituency

 

 

10:03 AM

Jana Sena MLA candidate Madhusudhan Gupta smashes an Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) at a polling booth in Gooty, in Anantapur district. He has been arrested by police.

 

10:01 AM

Voter turnout recorded till 9 am in Telangana is 10.6%, 5.83% in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, 10.2% in Assam, 13.3% in Arunachal Pradesh and 9.83% in Lakshwadweep.

09:56 AM

Voting Percentage in UP till 9 am

Muzaffarnagar: 11% 

Saharanpur: 8% 

Noida: 15% 

Kairana: 10% 

Bijnor: 13.45% 

Meerut: 10% 

Baghpat: 11% 

Ghaziabad: 12%

09:49 AM

Vote wisely, tweeted Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. 

09:35 AM

West Bengal: Clashes erupt between Trinamool and BJP cadres in Coochbehar’s Dinhata. BJP workers alleged that they were beaten up by TMC men. On the other hand, TMC claimed that their men were attacked by BJP cadres. 

 

09:33 AM

Voting underway at Ramagya School, Sector 50, Noida

 

09:15 AM

Voter turnout in first two hours (till 9 am) is over 5 % 

Aurangabad: 5.6%

Gaya: 11%

Nawada: 3%

Jamui: 3 %

09:07 AM

Union Minister and Muzaffarnagar BJP candidate Dr. Sanjeev Balyan alleges of fake voting 

"Faces of women in burkhas are not being checked and I allege that fake voting is being done. If not looked into, I will demand a repoll," said Balyan adding that not a single woman constable was present in the booth. 

 

09:02 AM

"It'll be a decisive win in Mangalgiri (assembly seat) and also across the state. I am here to convince my electorate that I am a meaningful and a worthy candidate, and I think I've done that," Andhra Pradesh IT Minister and TDP's Nara Lokesh tells ANI in Amaravati:

 

08:57 AM

The EVM machine stopped working in Maharashtra's Yavatmal. BJP-Shiv Sena alliance candidate Gavi Bhavana Gawali requested the EC to extend the poll timings in the booth. She also asked all voters to cast their franchise.

 

08:44 AM

Uttarakhand: Nearly 10 % of 78.56 lakh voters cast their votes in the first hour as voting began on Thursday for five seats from Uttarakhand in the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections, a poll officer told news agency IANS. Voting which began at 7 a.m. will continue till 5 p.m., said Chief Electoral Officer Saujanya. 

 

 

 

08:43 AM

Uttarakhand: Former Chief Minister Harish Rawat queues up to vote in Devalchaur, Haldwani. 

 

Former CM Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank casts his vote at a polling booth in Dehradun.

 

 

08:42 AM

The Department of Revenue was on Wednesday pulled up by the Election Commission (EC) for the “casual and trivial” manner in which the advisory issued by the poll panel to remain absolutely neutral, impartial and non-discriminatory during enforcement action was dealt with by the Revenue Department. Read more.

08:37 AM

YSR Congress Party Chief Jagan Mohan Reddy casts his vote in Andhra's Kadapa: "I'm very confident, people are looking for a change, vote without fear. #AndhraPradeshElection2019 #LokSabhaElections2019," he said. 

 

08:21 AM

Chhattisgarh: Reports of IED blast coming from Narayanpur's Pharasgaon. The IED was planted by Naxalites in the area, said the Superintendent of Police. No one was injured in the incident. 

 

08:18 AM

Reports of EVM malfunctioning emerging from Basoli in UP's Baghpat and booth nos. 264 and 265 in Bijnor.

08:12 AM

Uttar Pradesh: Voting is yet to commence in Saharanpur's booth nos. 374, 375,376 

In Kairana, reports of EVM malfunction emerges from booth no 5. 

08:11 AM

"Election day is when we must all take the lead and march to polling booths. At ZEE we pledge to encourage voter turnout by pausing our shows & content across our channels on election days from 8 AM-10 AM. Requesting every eligible Indian citizen to go out & vote. #GrownUpsGoVote," tweeted Punit Goenka, MD & CEO, Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd.

 

08:09 AM

In UP's Baghpat, flower petals are being showered and dhol being played to welcome voters at polling booth number 126 in Baraut.

 

08:08 AM

Andhra Pradesh: Chandrababu Naidu, his wife N. Bhuvaneswari, son N. Lokesh and daughter-in-law N. Brahmani exercised their franchise at a polling booth in Undavalli in Mangalagiri Assembly constituency in Guntur district. 

08:06 AM

Visuals from polling booths in Andhra Pradesh's Vishapkhapatnam, Uttar Pradesh's Saharanpur, Jammu's Gandhi Nagar, 

 

 

 

08:04 AM

Voting underway in single constituencies in the following states and UTs:

Chhattisgarh: Bastar

Tripura: Tripura West

Sikkim: Sikkim

Mizoram: Mizoram

Manipur: Outer Manipur

 

Andaman Nicobar Islands: Andaman Nicobar Islands

Lakshadweep: Lakshadweep

 

 

 

08:02 AM

Voting underway in two constituencies in Arunachal Pradesh: Arunachal East, Arunachal West

Voting underway in two constituencies in Jammu & Kashmir: Baramulla, Jammu

Voting underway in two constituencies in Meghalaya: Shillong, Tura

Voting underway in two constituencies in West Bengal: Alipurduars, Cooch Behar

08:01 AM

Voting underway in five constituencies in Bihar: Aurangabad, Gaya, Jamui and Nawada

 

07:59 AM

Seven Maharashtra constituencies where polling is currently underway: Bhandara-Gondiya, Chandrapur, Gadchiroli-Chimur, Nagpur, Ramtek, Wardha and Yavatmal-Washim.

07:58 AM

Seventeen Telangana constituencies where voting is being held are: Adilabad, Bhongir, Chevella, Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Khammam, Mahabubabad, Mahbubnagar, Malkajgiri, Medak, Nagarkurnool, Nalgonda, Nizamabad, Peddapalle, Secunderabad, Warangal and Zahirabad.

07:57 AM

Polling is being in eight constituencies in Uttar Pradesh: Baghpat, Bijnor, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Kairana, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar and Saharanpur.

07:52 AM

"Voting is our duty, everyone should vote," says RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat after casting his vote for the Nagpur parliamentary constituency.

07:42 AM

An improvised explosive device (IED) has been found near booth no. 9 in Aurangabad's Siliya. Gaya SSP Rajiv Mishra has confirmed this to Zee News. The process to defuse the bomb is currently underway, he added. Polling has started at the booth.

07:41 AM

Voting is being held for 25 parliamentary constituencies in Andhra Pradesh: These are: Amalapuram, Anakapalle, Anantapur, Araku, Bapatla, Chittoor, Elluru, Guntur, Hindupur, Kadapa, Kakinada, Kurnool, Machilipatnam, Nandyal, Narasaraopet, Narsapuram, Nellore, Ongole, Rajahmundry, Rajampet, Srikakulam, Tirupati, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam.

07:22 AM

"I call upon all those whose constituencies are voting in the first phase today to turn out in record numbers and exercise their franchise. I specially urge young and first-time voters to vote in large numbers," tweeted PM Modi.

 

07:17 AM

Google marks beginning of Lok Sabha poll with a doodle

Google on Thursday marked the beginning of the first phase of Lok Sabha poll in India with a doodle. The Google doodle shows an inked finger and when a user clicks on the inked finger then the user lands on a page that explains the voting procedure. The page contains several information which are very helpful for first-time voters.

07:11 AM

Voters queue outside polling booth no 134 in Andhra Pradesh's Pulivendula and Assam's Dibrugarh:

 

 

07:10 AM

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat arrives at polling booth number 216 in Maharashtra's Nagpur to cast his vote for Lok Sabha Elections 2019.

 

 

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