LS poll 2019 highlights: EC says 66% interim voter turnout in 2nd phase

Voting across 12 states and union territories took place on Thursday (April 18) as part of the 2nd phase in the Lok Sabha election 2019.


More than 155 million people were eligible to vote in the second phase of Lok Sabha Election, which ended at 1800hrs in 95 parliament constituencies across 11 states and 1 UT. The poll process remained largely peaceful, with stray incidents of violence being reported from West Bengal and Chhattisgarh.

In Chhattisgarh, Naxals carried out a blast in Rajnandgaon, injuring one jawan. Polling is being held 95 parliamentary constituencies across 11 states and 1 UT. Tension also prevailed in Bengal's North Dinajpur, where locals protested after being barred to vote by unidentified bike-borne men and in Raijganj, where CPM candidate Md Salim's car was vandalised. 

States witnessing polls in this phase were Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, and Puducherry.

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Here are the highlights from the second phase of Lok Sabha election 2019:

18 April 2019
20:43 PM

Final state-wise voter turnout from second phase:



Jammu and Kashmir-45.5%





Tamil Nadu-66.36%

Uttar Pradesh-66.06%

West Bengal-76.42%



20:21 PM

Senior citizens show the way in 2nd phase of voting.

Check out the pics from across the country here

19:54 PM

25 FB posts, 38 tweets, 2 Youtube videos, 2 WhatsApp messages removed between April 11 and April 18 for violating MCC: Election Commission

19:51 PM

EC gives details about all seizures made till 1800hrs today:

Total: Rs 2632 crore

Cash: Rs 697 crore

Alcohol worth Rs 219 crore

Narcotics worst Rs 1151 crore

Precious metal (gold, silver etc) worth Rs 512 crore

Miscellaneous items worth Rs 51 crore

19:05 PM

Umesh Sinha, Sr. Deputy Election Commissioner, addresses a press briefing after voting in 2nd phase of voting in Lok Sabha election 2019:

* I thank poll officials and security personnel for helping in conducting a successful second phase of election.

* Polling has finished completely in 14 states by the end of the first two phases.

* 15.8 crore was the size of the electorate today. Of these, 7.8 crore were women.

* No incidents of violence in any of the three seats in Chhattisgarh which voted today.

* Tentative state-wise polling percentage:

Chhattisgarh: 71%

Karnataka: 61.84%

Puducherry: 78%

Tamil Nadu: 72%

Jammu and Kashmir: 43.4%  (Srinagar - 13.43%, Uddhampur - 66.67%)

West Bengal: 76.07% (Jalpaiguri 82.76%, Darjeeling 72.14%, Raiganj 73.3%)

Assam: 73.32%

Manipur: 76.15%

Bihar: 62.58%

Maharashtra: 62%

Odisha: 64%

Uttar Pradesh: 62.3%

(Note: The above are not the final poll percentage)

18:28 PM

Provisional poll percentage till 6PM in all the states:

Assam: 73.45%

Bihar: 57.60%

Chhattisgarh: 68.95%

J&K: 43.39%

Karnataka: 61.94%

Maharashtra: 55.96%

Manipur: 75.69%

Odisha: 57.81%

Tamil Nadu: 63.11%

UP: 59.53%

West Bengal: 76.30%

Puducherry: 74.30%

18:24 PM

Voting ends across 95 constituencies. 

Provisional overall polling percentage is 62%.

16:25 PM

Overall voter turnout till 4PM is 50.90%

Assam: 60.89%

Bihar: 47.49%

Chhattisgarh: 59.83%

J&K: 38.61%

Karnataka: 49.57%

Maharashtra: 44.87%

Manipur: 68.94%

Odisha: 45.00%

Tamil Nadu: 51.90%

UP: 50.12%

West Bengal: 65.59%

Puducherry: 58.77%

16:02 PM

Polling percentage in UP till 3PM:

Amroha - 54.62%

Nagina - 51.53%

Aligarh - 48.80%

Bulandshahr - 51.60%

Agra - 48.5%

Fatehpur Sikri - 49.93% 

Hathras - 49%

16:01 PM

Voter turnout till 3 PM in Jammu and Kashmir is 38.5%, including 5.7% in Srinagar

16:00 PM

Polling percentage in West Bengal till 3PM:

Jalpaiguri (SC) - 71.32%,

Darjeeling - 63.14%,

Raiganj - 61.84 %.

State total - 65.43 %.

15:46 PM

Representatives from France, UK and Japan arrive at a polling booth in Agra to witness the election process.

They were seen talking to poll officials to get an insight into how an election in the world's largest democracy is conducted in a free, fair and peaceful manner.

15:22 PM

Estimated overall voter turnout till 3PM - 46.81 per cent

State-wise estimated turnout - 

Bihar: 48.91%

J&K: 36.72%

Karnataka: 45.56%

Maharashtra: 42.61%

Manipur: 66.04%

Odisha: 42.55%

Tamil Nadu: 44.68%

UP: 49.30%

West Bengal: 63.03%

Chhattisgarh: 56.67%

Puducherry: 57.72%

15:20 PM

Former Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh casts his vote, along with family members:


14:57 PM

Overall voter turnout till 2 pm: 38.31% 

14:41 PM

Uttar Pradesh: A woman reached the poliing station in an ambulance to cast her vote on Thursday.
The woman, injured in an accident, reached booth number 68 in Agra. 

14:36 PM

Overall turnout at 1 pm:  

14:30 PM

Voter turnout at 2 pm :

14:21 PM

Over 32.5 per cent turnout was recorded in five of the 40 Lok Sabha seats voting in the second phase in Bihar till 1 pm on Thursday. Voting was on amid tight security in Banka, Bhagalpur, Purnea, Kishanganj and Katihar, officials said.


14:02 PM

Decent voter turnout was recorded in Jammu and Kashmir`s Udhampur Lok Sabha seat on Thursday with over 32 per cent polling reported in the first five hours till 12 noon, but it was muted in the Srinagar constituency. There were sporadic incidents of stone pelting at polling stations in Batmaloo area of Srinagar city and at three other places in Badgam district which too falls under the Srinagar Lok Sabha seat.

A police constable was injured in the stone pelting by youths trying to disrupt the election process in Chrar-e-Sharief in Badgam district.

13:57 PM

Uttar Pradesh: Villagers of Mangoli Kalan in Agra's Fatehpur Sikri boycott Lok Sabha Elections 2019 over lack of adequate irrigation facilities in the village.

"Nobody has turned up to vote till now," said polling officials of booth number 41.


13:57 PM

Uttar Pradesh: Villagers of Mangoli Kalan in Agra's Fatehpur Sikri boycott Lok Sabha Elections 2019 over lack of adequate irrigation facilities in the village.

"Nobody has turned up to vote till now," said polling officials of booth number 41.


13:57 PM

Uttar Pradesh: Villagers of Mangoli Kalan in Agra's Fatehpur Sikri boycott Lok Sabha Elections 2019 over lack of adequate irrigation facilities in the village.

"Nobody has turned up to vote till now," said polling officials of booth number 41.


13:54 PM

Voter turnout at 1 pm:

13:53 PM

Voter turnout at 1 pm:

13:52 PM

Voter turnout at 1 pm: 

13:51 PM

Voter turnout at 1 pm:


13:29 PM

Naxals triggered IED blast between Koracha and Manpur road, in Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon on ITBP Road Opening Party (ROP) at 1100 am on Thursday. ITBP Constable Man Singh received minor injuries. He is out of danger and performing his duty after the first aid in the same area. Polling in the area underway: ANI 

13:25 PM

Election Commission-appointed special police observer Vivek Dubey arrives in Kolkata. "Like the first phase of elections, polling is going on peacefully in this phase too. One or two stray instances of violence were reported, but nothing major has happened."

On the Chopra's incident, Dubey said, "People are being assisted to the polling booth by the security force."


13:19 PM

Md Salim has registered a complaint with the CEO’s office following the attack on his car. Sources in the CEO office says that they are looking into it.

13:16 PM

CPI(M) candidate from Raiganj constituency Md Salim was visiting Patagora in Islampur when his car was attacked and pelted with stones.

“I came here after hearing reports that Trinamool Congress’ men were preventing people from casting their votes. When I confronted them, they attacked my vehicle.  My driver and assistant were still inside the vehicle when it was attacked with stones and bricks. They had to flee along with the vehicle to save their life,” Salim told Zee News.

“Massive rigging was on when I arrived here. Trinamool Congress men also tried to attack me with rods,” he added.


13:05 PM

13:00 PM

Constituency wise polling percentage:

12:54 PM

12:50 PM

12:47 PM

Overall voter turnout till 12 pm: 21.32%

State-wise voter turnout till 12 pm:

Bihar : 18.93%
J&K: 17.78%
Karnataka: 19.90%
Maharashtra: 18.79%
Manipur: 31.52 %
Odisha: 18.12%
Tamil Nadu: 20.30%
Uttar Pradesh: 24.37%
West bengal: 33.52%
Chhattisgarh: 30.53%
Puducherry: 25.09%

12:26 PM

Naxal blast in Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon, one jawan injured.


12:21 PM

Bulandshahr BJP MP Bhola Singh put under house arrest over poll code violation by the Election Commission. 

12:03 PM

West Bengal: Clashes erupt between Trinamool and BJP workers in booth 112 of Raiganj constituency. The polling station has been completely vandalised, EVM damaged. Voting has been stalled for now.

11:47 AM

A 95-year-old man died here on Thursday while waiting in a queue to vote in the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections in Odisha. The man was waiting for his turn at Kansamari booth in the Aska Lok Sabha seat when he suddenly collapsed, officials said.

11:36 AM

West Bengal: Security personnel lob tear gas shells and lathi charge locals after they blocked National Highway 34 in protest of bike-borne men allegedly preventing them to cast their votes at Digirpar polling booth in Chopra, in Islampur subdivision of North Dinajpur.



11:34 AM

West Bengal: "TMC workers were trying to capture booth. They were campaigning among Muslims there. This isn't election campaign," said BJP General Secy and party candidate from Raiganj Debasree Chaudhuri. She further alleged that TMC workers were trying to capture booth at Raiganj Coronation High School. 

11:20 AM

West Bengal: CPI (M) candidate from Raiganj Md Salim’s car attacked in Islampur, Raiganj.

Salim alleged Trinamool hand in the attack.


11:15 AM

Overall voter turnout till 11 am: 12.69%

11:01 AM

Uttar Pradesh: Sitting MP and BJP's candidate from Amroha Kanwar Singh Tanwar alleged that BSP candidates, donning burkhas, are casting fake votes. 
Responding to the accusations, BSP leader Danish Ali said, “The BJP has been wiped out which is why they are bringing up issues like burkha and Mandir-masjid.”

11:00 AM

Assam: Sitting Silchar MP and Congress candidate Sushmita Dev casts her vote along with her mother and sister at a polling booth in Silchar:


10:57 AM

Maharashtra: Polling temporarily halted at booth number 217 in Solapur's Shastri Nagar due to fault in EVM.

10:38 AM

Karnataka: Several political leaders come out to exercise their franchise:

Former Prime Minister and JDS leader HD Deve Gowda and his wife cast their votes at a polling station in Hassan's Paduvalahippe.



10:36 AM

Kanimozhi, DMK Lok Sabha candidate from Thoothukudi,  casts her vote at a polling station in Chennai's Alwarpet. "People in the opposition have been harassed, raids targeted at opposition candidates. BJP have completely taken over AIADMK," she said.


10:33 AM

Senior citizens turn up to exercise their franchise across the country:



10:27 AM

Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy after casting his vote in Ramanagara: "Dynasty politics isn't an important issue now, country's problems are the main issue. Only because of dynasty politics and regional politics, this country developed in several states. We're not bothered about criticism from BJP."

10:25 AM

Visuals from polling stations in Jammu and Kashmir:

10:22 AM

Chhattisgarh: Polling official, Tukalu Ram Nareti, deputed at Kamta booth (no.186) in Antagarh area of Kanker Lok Sabha constituenc dies of heart attack during election duty. 

The deceased was an assistant teacher in a government school, complained of chest pain around 6 am and fell unconscious at the polling station. He was immediately rushed to a local hospital where he was declared brought dead, the official said. The body was sent for postmortem, he said.
Another officer was deployed at the polling booth in place of Nareti, he added.

10:21 AM

Uttar Pradesh: UP Congress chief Raj Babbar and party's candidate from Fatehpur Sikri casts his vote at the polling booth in Radha Ballabh Inter College in Mathura.

10:07 AM

Overall voter turn out till 9 am: 7.95%

10:02 AM

Polling percentage in Bengal till 9 am 

Jalpaiguri- 16.84%
Darjeeling - 16.14%
Raiganj - 17.45%

09:50 AM

Voter turnout till 9 am

Chhattisgarh (3 seats): 10.42%

Assam (5 seats): 9.51%

Jammu and Kashmir (2 seats): 0.99%

Karnataka (14 seats): 14%

Maharashtra (10 seats): 0.85%

Manipur (1 seat): 1.78%

Odisha (5 seat): 2.15%

Tamil Nadu (38 seats): 0.81%

UP (8 seats): 3.99%

West Bengal (3 seats): 0.55%

Chhattisgarh (3 seats): 7.75%

Puducherry (1 seat): 1.62%

09:48 AM

Seven per cent voter turnout recorded till 9AM in Odisha in second phase of Lok Sabha polls: Office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Odisha.

09:48 AM

Google Doodle on second phase of Lok Sabha election 2019, shares voting guidelines 

By clicking on the doodle, users are redirected to a page explaining the process of how voting takes place. It also gives details about how voters can find out how to take part in the voting process.



09:24 AM

West Bengal: Tension reported from booth number 159 in North Dinajpur’s Chopra. Bike-borne youth stopped people from casting their votes. Women voters were also attacked. Locals, protesting about the incident, alleged that the police remained inactive at the time of the incident.

09:13 AM

Voting percentage in Bihar till 9 am:

Kishanganj: 10.5 % 

Katihar: 8 % 

Purnea: 7 % 

Bhagalpur: 10 %

08:56 AM

Voter turnout in Bihar (5 constituencies) till 8 am: 5.73 %: This includes 5.97 per cent of male voters and 5.46 per cent of women voters.



08:54 AM

Assam: Visuals from polling station in Silchar where VVPAT was not working properly earlier today. "The VVPAT is fine now, people can now cast their votes," said Sahadat Ali, Sector Officer.


08:53 AM

Maharashtra: "Five places have reported EVM and VVPAT malfunction since morning in Beed constituency. Those are Georai, Mazalgaon, Kej, Ashti, Parali. However all those machines have been replaced immediately and polling is going smoothly at all locations," said Beed DM Astik Kr Pandey.

08:47 AM

Solapur, Maharashtra: First-time voter Shantanu Pudhara told Zee News that he initially planned to cast his vote in the afternoon but changed his mind after seeing Prime Minister Modi's tweet. "This morning is memorable for me because this is the first time I used my franchise. I am very proud. I want to see a new India as a developed India.," said Pudhara.

08:44 AM

A pregnant woman and her husband, after casting their vote at polling booth number 164 in Nehru Nagar of Solapur. 


08:39 AM

Top leaders turn out to vote during the Lok Sabha Election 2019:

Makkal Needhi Maiam chief Kamal Haasan and his daughter Shruti Haasan queue up outside polling station 27 at Alwarpet Corporation School in Chennai to cast their votes. 

TN CM Edappadi K Palanisamy casts his vote at a polling station in Edappadi, Selam:

Puducherry: Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi and Chief Minister V Narayanasamy cast their votes



Governor Najma Heptulla casts her vote at a polling station in  Manipur's Imphal:



Independent candidate from Bengaluru Central, Prakash Raj queues up at a polling booth, to cast his vote in Bengaluru


08:34 AM

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman casts her vote at polling booth 54 in Jayanagar of Bangalore South Parliamentary constituency. 

"First time voters (are) young and enthusiastic. It is very encouraging to see such a turnout. It will turn out good for the democracy. Absolutely positive response. Our candidate will win with a huge margin. There is never a tussle in BJP, the party's decision is final. Individual candidates are also candidates and the chosen candidates will ensure 'fir ek baar Modi Sarkaar'. We see a very clear mandate for Modi Ji to form the govt again," said Sitharaman.


08:28 AM

Reports of EVM malfunction emerging from across the country. 

Glitches in the voting machine were reported from Shaktigarh High School booth number 19/247 No in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri and booth number 46 in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura. In Odisha, voting was halted booth number 113 in Kandhamal, booth number 68 and 69 in Rourkela's Jhirpani and booth number 49 and 50 in Bargarh's Haldipali. 

Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machine reportedly not working properly at a polling station in Silchar. 

08:15 AM

Polling percentage at 8 am in Bihar

Kishaganj: 3.5 %
Katihar: 4  %
Purnea: 4 %
Bhagalpur: 7 %
Banka: 4  %

08:02 AM

Political leaders urged voters to exercise their franchise:



07:54 AM

Actor Ajith cast his vote at a polling booth near his residence in Chennai's Thiruvanmiyur.


07:45 AM

Tamil Nadu: Nalini Chidambaram, Karti Chidambaram and his wife Srinidi Rangarajan casts their vote at a polling station in Karaikudi, Sivaganga. 


07:27 AM

Superstar Rajnikanth and Congress leader P Chidambaram among the early voters in the second phase of Lok Sabha poll.



07:18 AM

Long queues were observed in the three north West Bengal constituencies on Thursday morning. The polling would continue till 6 p.m. A total of 49,32,346 voters -- 25,22,887 men, 24,09,372 women and 87 registered in the `other` category are eligible to vote today.

07:00 AM

Voting begins for second phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 in 95 constituencies, across 12 states and 1 union territory.

06:51 AM

Two centenarians are all set to cast vote in Assam's Karimganj - 104-year-old Saraguna Bibi and 116-year-old Mahamud Ali.  Bibi, a resident of Assam`s Hailakandi district, claims to have never missed exercising her right to vote. Ali, who a freedom fighter, said: "I will definitely go to cast my vote. I also appeal to young voters to come out and vote. A lot of things have changed but there is still a long way to go."

06:43 AM

06:42 AM

Polling in East Tripura constituency has been deferred from April 18 to April 23 based on inputs received that the "law and order prevailing in the constituency is not conducive to the holding of a free and fair poll.

06:28 AM


06:24 AM

Visuals from Assam's Nagaon (olling station number 37 and 38), Maharashtra's Nanded ( polling station number 269), Karnataka's Bangalore South (BES Education Society polling station) and Bihar's Bhagalpur (polling station number 38 & 39).





06:23 AM

Security personnel in Gujarat cast their vote through postal ballot in Vadodara. 

06:10 AM

Constituencies going to poll on April 18 are

Assam: Mangaldoi, Karimganj, Silchar, Nawgong, autonomous district

Bihar: Banka, Kishanganj, Katihar, Bhagalpur, Purnia

Chhattisgarh: Rajnandgaon, Mahasamund, Kanker

Karnataka: Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi Chikmagalur, Chitradurga, Tumkur, Mandya, Bangalore North, Bangalore Central, Bangalore South, Chikkballapur, Kolar, Mysore, Chamarajanagar, Bangalore Rural

Maharashtra: Akola, Amravat, Nanded, Parbhani, Beed, Buldhana, Hingoli, Osmanabad, Latur, Solapur

Uttar Pradesh: Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Hathras, Fatehpur Sikri, Nagina, Amroha, Mathura, Agra

Tamil Nadu: Arakkonam, Arani, Chennai Central, Chennai North, Chennai South, Chidambaram, Coimbatore, Cuddalore, Dharmapuri, Dindigul, Erode, Kallakurichi, Kancheepuram, Kanniyakumari, Karur, Krishnagiri, Madurai, Mayiladuthurai, Nagapattinam, Namakkal, Nilgiris, Perambalur, Pollachi, Ramanathapuram, Salem, Sivaganga , Sriperumbudur, Tenkasi, Thanjavur, Theni, Thoothukkudi, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelveli, Tiruppur, Tiruvannamalai, Viluppuram, Virudhunagar, TiruvallurJK (2) Srinagar, Udhampur

West Bengal: Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, Raiganj

Manipur: Inner Manipur

Odisha: Aska, Bargarh, Bolangir, Sundargarh, Kandhamal, Puducherry

Puducherry: Puducherry

05:53 AM

In the second phase, the polling will be held in Assam (five seats), Bihar (five seats), Chhattisgarh (three seats), Jammu and Kashmir (two seats), Karnataka (14 seats), Maharashtra (10 seats), Manipur (one seat), Odisha (five seats), Tamil Nadu (38 seats), Uttar Pradesh (eight seats), West Bengal (three seats), and Union Territory Puducherry (one seat). 

While there were 14 crore eligible voters in the first phase of Lok Sabha election 2019, over 15 crore voters would be eligible to exercise their franchise in the second phase. Of these, 8.02 crore* are male, 7.76 crore* are female and 11,136 belong to the third gender. (* These figures include statistics from Vellore and Tripura East, where election has been put off .)

The first phase of the Lok Sabha polls was held on April 11, which witnessed voters across 91 seats from 18 states and 2 UTs polling. 


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