Lok Sabha poll live updates: 64.66% voter turnout recorded in phase three, says EC

Voting is being held in all 26 seats in Gujarat, 20 in Kerala, 2 in Goa, 1 each in Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu in the third phase on Tuesday. 

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Voters in 117 Lok Sabha seats spread across 15 states and Union Territories are exercising their franchise on Tuesday in the third phase of Lok Sabha election. Over 18 crore 85 lakh voters, including 96598912 male, 86226460 female and 7043 third gender voters, will decide the fate of nearly 1640 candidates in the third phase. (Read full list of constituencies going to vote in third phase of Lok Sabha election 2019 on April 23)

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Voting is being held in all 26 seats in Gujarat, 20 in Kerala, 2 in Goa, 1 each in Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu in the third phase on Tuesday. Besides, polling will also be held in four seats in Assam, five in Bihar, seven in Chhattisgarh, one in Jammu and Kashmir, 14 in Karnataka, 14 in Maharashtra, six in Odisha, 10 in Uttar Pradesh, five in West Bengal and one in Tripura.

Also Read: 117 constituencies vote in phase 3 of Lok Sabha election: Know the parties which currently hold the seats

In Phase one, the voter turnout was 69.50 per cent in the 91 seats while in phase two, the voter turnout was 69.44 per cent in 95 Lok Sabha seats.

The big names to watch out for in third phase are Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah from Gandhinagar in Gujarat, Congress president Rahul Gandhi from Kerala's Wayanad, Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav from Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh, Union minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar in Uttar Pradesh' Bareilly and BJP's Varun Gandhi in Uttar Pradesh' Pilibhit.

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23 April 2019
19:40 PM

Total voter turnout for 3rd phase of Lok Sabha Election 2019 is 64.66%

State-wise turnout: 

Assam - 78.29%
Bihar - 60%%
Goa - 71.09%
Gujarat - 60.21%
Jammu & Kashmir - 12.86%
Karnataka - 64.14%
Kerala - 70.28%
Maharashtra - 56.57%
Odisha - 58.18%
Tripura - 78.52%
Utar Pradesh - 60.52%
West Bengal - 79.36
Chhattisgarh - 65.91%
Dadra & Nagar Haveli - 71.43%
Daman & Diu - 65.34%

18:26 PM

"Today after casting his vote, PM took out a long procession & delivered a speech. There has never been such a clear violation of MCC, he is a habitual offender. We appealed to EC to bar him from campaigning for 48-72 hours," said Abhishek Manu Singhvi after a Congress delegation met EC.


18:25 PM

Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) & VVPATs being packed at polling booth no.199 in Dhubri, Assam, after the conclusion of voting.


17:45 PM
17:39 PM

A polling booth in Gir Forest in Gujarat has been set up for 1 voter in Junagadh.Voter Bharatdas Bapu says,“Govt spends money for this polling booth for 1 vote.I've voted&it's 100% voter turnout here.For 100% voter turnout everywhere,I request all to go&vote.”


17:35 PM

State-wise polling till 5 pm in phase 3:

Assam: 74.05% 
Bihar- 54.94%
J&K - 11.22%
Uttar Pradesh-55.91%
West Bengal- 78.69%
Dadra and Nagar Haveli-56.81% 
Daman and Diu-55.02%


16:50 PM

In a violation of poll code of Conduct in Davanagere a man took selfies and videos of him voting and posted it on social media asking the people to vote for the party that he had voted. The EC was quick enough to flag off the content and he deleted the post after one hour. Incident was reported from a polling station at Vasatha theatre.

16:14 PM

Over 51.41% voting till 4 pm in phase 3

State-wise polling:

Assam: 62.13% 
J&K - 11.22%
Uttar Pradesh-47.41%
West Bengal-68.25%
Dadra and Nagar Haveli-56.81% 
Daman and Diu-55.02%

15:50 PM

Samajwadi Party leader and SP-BSP-RLD candidate from Rampur, Azam Khan, and his son Abdullah Azam Khan, cast their vote at a polling station in the district


15:26 PM

Over 48.99% voting till 3 pm in phase 3

State-wise polling: 
Assam: 62.13% 
J&K - 10.04%
West Bengal-66.81%
Dadra and Nagar Haveli-49.64% 
Daman and Diu-53.72%

15:02 PM

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu hit yet again questioned the credibility of the EVMs. He claimed that there are rumours that people from Russia who are active and alleged that they hack EVMs. "I can't confirm but it is said that they promise to ensure win if they are paid crores. EVM can be hacked easily by using many methods. 18 countries are using EVMs in the world," he said.

14:50 PM

One dead in Murshidabad in clashes related to the election. The dead has been identified as Piarul Sheikh. The Election Commission has sought a report from the Murshidabad DM in connection with the case.

14:46 PM

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav voted with his family for the Lok Sabha election. In a tweet in Hindi he said that the foundation of democracy is the right to vote with transparency and fairness. 

14:41 PM

PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti casts her vote in Bijbehara area of Anantnag district.

14:08 PM

Congress candidate from Bareili Praveen Aaron's wife and former Mayor Supriya Aaron has claimed that the administration is working under the pressure. She claimed that even on the polling day, campaigning is taking place through call centres. She alleged that the adminitration is not taking any action in the case. Praveen has lodged a complaint with the EC. 

The EC has sought a detailed report from the district officials regarding the campaigning. 

13:57 PM

Finance Minister and BJP leader Arun Jaitley voted at a polling booth in Ahmedabad. Jaitley had lost the 2014 elections after which the party had made me a Rajya Sabha MP. He is not contesting the election in 2019.


13:40 PM

Veteran BJP leader LK Advani casts his vote at a polling booth at Shahpur Hindi School in Ahmedabad. Advani, who is the sitting MP from Gandhinagar, has not been given ticket by BJP for the 2019 election.

13:32 PM

Over 37.92% voting till 1:30 pm in phase 3

State-wise polling: 
Assam: 46.61% 
J&K - 9.63%
West Bengal-52.40%
Dadra and Nagar Haveli-37.20% 
Daman and Diu-42.99%

13:07 PM

Kashmiri Pandit migrant voters protest at Jagti migrant camp in Jammu after they found that their names were missing in voter lists. Kashmiri Pandit migrants demanded the removal of M form for migrant voters so that maximum voters could cast their votes.

12:53 PM

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday blamed the Election Commission for faulty EVMs used during the polls. "EVMs across India malfunctioning or voting for the BJP. DMs say poll officials untrained to operate EVMs. 350+ being replaced. This is criminal negligence for a polling exercise that costs 50,000 crs. Should we believe DMs @ECISVEEP,  or is something far more sinister afoot," he asked in a tweet.

12:48 PM

Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel casts his vote at polling booth number 55 in Durg. Exuding confidence of Congress's win, he said: "We have said what we had to say in favour of the party and our candidates, now voters will decide. They are the real judge."

12:45 PM

Over 24.10% per cent votes have been polled till noon in phase 3. 

State-wise polling: 
Assam: 28.64% 
J&K - 4.72%
Uttar Pradesh-22.39%
West Bengal-35%
Dadra and Nagar Haveli-21.62% 
Daman and Diu-23.93%


11:43 AM

Congress leader Hardik Patel casts his vote in Surendranagar constituency in Gujarat. 

In Karnataka, senior Congress leader and Gulbarga candidate Mallikarjun Kharge casts his vote at polling booth number 119.

11:24 AM

22.68 per cent votes have been polled till 11 am in phase 3. 

State-wise polling: 
Assam: 28.64% 
J&K - 4.72%
West Bengal-34.58%
Dadra and Nagar Haveli-17.67% 
Daman and Diu-23.27%

11:18 AM

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor tweets over reports of names of people missing from the voters list. "Concerned to hear first-hand accounts of people missing from the voters list in Thiruvananthapuram despite having voted in previous elections. An efficient and fair election is fundamental to our efforts in ensuring that the voice of all citizens is heard. If anyone in Thiruvananthapuram finds that their name is missing from the electoral rolls, please send us an email on with a copy of your voter ID card and your mobile number. We will take it up with the Election Commission on your behalf," he tweeted.


11:17 AM

In Moradabad where polling is underway, BJP workers thrashed an Election Official at booth number 231 over allegations that he was asking voters to press the 'cycle' symbol of the Samajwadi Party.

11:09 AM

13.02 per cent votes have been polled till 10 am in phase 3. 

State-wise polling: 
Assam: 25.97% 
J&K - 1.90%
West Bengal-18.14%
Dadra and Nagar Haveli-11.40% 
Daman and Diu-9.93%

11:05 AM

Snapshot of voting from different states where voting is being held

11:04 AM

Social activist Anna Hazare casts ng his vote in Ralegan Siddhi in Maharashtra.

11:03 AM

Thushar Vellappally, NDA candidate from Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency, has demanded re-polling after an electronic voting machine (EVM) malfunctioned at a polling booth in Wayanad, news agency ANI reported. "Let me draw your kind attention to an important matter. It is reported from booth number 79 - CMS Higher Secondary School, Arappatta in Mooppanad Panchayath that the voting machine is damaged. A vote is not being cast even after pressing twice," a letter by Vellappally through Chief Election Agent Advocate Sinil Kumar G read. "Please take necessary steps for re-polling as pressing the voting machine twice can make changes in the voting," it added. 

Vellappally is the chief of Bharat Dharma Jana Sena (BDJS), the political arm of the Sree Narayan Dharma Paripalana Yogam (SNDP). 

Wayanad is in focus as Congress president Rahul Gandhi is contesting from this seat for the first time. He is in the fray with 19 other candidates. 

10:13 AM

10.29 per cent votes have been polled till 9 am in phase 3 

State-wise polling: 
Assam: 12.36% 
West Bengal-16.85%
Dadra and Nagar Haveli-11.40% 
Daman and Diu-9.93%

09:59 AM

Mulayam Singh Yadav's younger brother Abhay Singh Yadav casts his vote in Saifai, Mainpuri. Mulayam is Lok Sabha election from Mainpuri, where voting is being held in the third phase on Tuesday.

09:51 AM

BJP President Amit Shah and his wife Sonal Shah cast their votes at a polling booth in Naranpura Sub-zonal office in Ahmedabad.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor also voted in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.

Among the other leaders who voted are Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who exercised his franchise at a polling booth in Bhubaneswar.

09:47 AM

Voting percentage in West Bengal till 9 am

BALURGHAT : 17.28%
JANGIPUR : 14.99%

09:18 AM

Voters are allegedly not being allowed to vote at South Dinajpur’s Kumar high school and Sonapara FP school’s booth number 75, 76 and 77. Training guns at the Trinamool workers, BJP has alleged rigging by the ruling party.

09:13 AM

Voting percentage in Bihar till 9 am: Overall: 9.35%

ARARIA : 10%
SUPAUL : 8.3%

Voting percentage in Bihar till 8 am: Overall: 4.30%


09:11 AM

A specially-abled person casts his vote at a polling booth in Bhubaneswar.

09:07 AM

Reports of EVM malfunctioning are coming from various places where voting is being held.

- Delayed start to voting in Khagaria Lok Sabha seat in Bihar due to faulty EVMs at booth number 27 and 28
- In Raipur in Chhattisgarh too, voting started late in at least two booths. There is a long queue at polling booths 

08:51 AM

Goa CM Pramod Sawant casts his vote along with his wife. Along with two Lok Sabha seats, polling is also being held for bypoll in three state Assembly seats in Goa.

08:49 AM

In Anantnag, where polling is being held in three phases, voting began on a dull note amidst tight security measures. Residents in most parts of the district in restive south Kashmir have stayed indoors so far. The Election Commission has curtailed the polling duration for Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency by two hours following a request from the state police to this effect. 

08:43 AM

BJP candidate from Shimoga BY Raghavendra casts his vote at a polling booth in Shikaripura. Raghavendra, who is the son of former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, had defeated his rival Madhu Bangarappa of Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) by a margin of 52,148 votes in Shimoga Lok Sabha by-poll last year.

08:35 AM

Modi meets voters at the Ranip polling booth after casting his vote. He urged people to come out in huge numbers and vote. "The third phase of polling is underway today, I am fortunate that I got the opportunity to vote and fulfil my duty in my home state of Gujarat. Like you feel pure after taking a holy dip in Kumbh, one feels pure after taking part in this festival of democracy," he said. He specially urged first time voters to exercise their franchise in the election. "The weapon of terrorism is IED, the strength of democracy is voter ID. I can say with surety that the voter ID is much much more powerful than an IED, so we should understand the strength of our voter IDs," he added.

08:12 AM

NCP chief Sharad Pawar's daughter Supriya Sule, and party candidate from Baramati in Maharashtra voted on Tuesday. 

08:12 AM

PM Modi meets his mother to take her blessings before casting his vote

07:35 AM

BSP supremo Mayawati urged people to cast their votes in the Lok Sabha election. In a tweet in Hindi, she said: "The third phase of polling is underway to elect the 17th Lok Sabha today. I appeal to all voters to participate in the voting process. Vote is your invaluable constitutional right on which you can make your own life happy and prosperous by the government of your choice and interests." 

She also targeted the BJP, saying: "The 130 crore people in the country, especially the crores of educated youth, should not elect the BJP government, which compels them to sell chai and pakodas instead of giving them employment."

07:20 AM

PM Modi leaves from his residence in Ahmedabad to cast his vote. He will be meeting his mother and to take her blessings before casting his vote.

07:19 AM

West Bengal: Voters queue outside a polling booth in Malda

07:17 AM

PM Modi, Amit Shah, Arun Jaitley and LK Advani will be voting on Tuesday in Gujarat.

The tentative voting schedule is:
PM Modi at 8.00 am:  Nishan Vidyalaya in Ranip area of Ahmedabad
Amit Shah at 9 am: Naranpura, Ahmedabad
Arun Jaitley at 12:30 pm: SG Highway in the western part of Ahmedabad
L K Advani at 12:30 pm: Hindi School poll booth in Khanpur in Ahmedabad

07:07 AM

Maharashtra: A senior citizen being helped by security personnel at a booth in Pune's Mayur colony. 14 Parliamentary constituencies of the state are undergoing polling today

06:44 AM

Voting begins for 117 seats in third phase of Lok Sabha election. 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged voters to exercise their franchise in the election. "Urging all those voting in today’s Third Phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections to do so in record numbers. Your vote is precious and will shape the direction our nation takes in the years to come. I’ll be voting in Ahmedabad in a short while from now.," he tweeted.

06:44 AM

In the seven seats in Chhattisgarh, polling will be held in Raipur, Bilsapur, Durg, Janjgir-Champa, Raigarh, Korba and Sarguja on Tuesday. Raipur, Bilsapur, Durgand Korba constituencies are for general category; while Raigarh and Sarguja are reserved for the Schedule Tribe and Janjgir-Champa is reserved for Schedule Castes. 

06:32 AM

Kerala will also witness polling in all 10 Lok Sabha seats on Tuesday. The parliamentary constituencies where votes will be cast are - Kasaragod, Kannur, Vadakara, Wayanad, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Ponnani, Palakkad, Alanthur, Thrissur, Chalakudy, Ernakulam, Idukki, Kottayam, Alappuzha, Mavelikkara, Pathanamthitta, Kollam, Attingal and Thiruvananthapuram.

06:31 AM

In Bihar, polling will take place in Jhanjharpur, Supaul, Araria, Madhepura and Khagaria parliamentary constituencies. The key contest will be in Madhepura where four-time MP Sharad Yadav is contesting on Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) ticket and he is up against JD-U's Dinesh Chandra Yadav and independent Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav, who the sitting MP from this seat.

06:30 AM

In Uttar Pradesh, the 10 parliamentary constituencies where polling will take place in the third phase are - Moradabad, Rampur, Sambhal, Firozabad, Mainpuri, Etah, Badaun, Aonla, Bareilly and Pilibhit. These seats are very crucial for the BJP as the saffron party had won seven out of these ten seats in  2014 Lok Sabha poll. The remaining three seats were won by Samajwadi Party.

06:29 AM

In Karnataka, the 14 parliamentary constituencies where polling will take place are - Chikkodi, Belgaum, Bagalkot, Bijapur (SC), Gulbarga (SC), Raichur (ST), Bidar, Koppal, Bellary (ST), Haveri, Dharwad, Uttara Kannada, Davanagere and Shimoga. The key contests in Karnataka are in Gulbarga, where senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge is up against Umesh Jadhav, who is a former Congress MLA but he is contesting the poll on a BJP ticket; in Shimoga, where former chief minister Yeddyurappa’s son BY Raghavendra is pitted against another former chief minister S Bangarappa’s son Madhu Bangarappa.

06:28 AM

In Maharashtra, the 14 seats going to polls in this phase are - Jalgaon, Raver (both in north Maharashtra), Jalna, Aurangabad (Marathwada), Raigad, Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg (Konkan), Pune, Baramati, Madha, Sangli, Satara, Kolhapur, Hathkanangale (western Maharashtra) and Ahmednagar (south Maharashtra). Jalna is going to grab a lot of attention as state BJP president Raosaheb Danve is is in the fray from here against Vilas Autade of the Congress. In Baramati, NCP chief Sharad Pawar's daughter Supriya Sule is fighting against BJP’s Kanchan Kul.

06:27 AM

All 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat will witness voting in the third phase. The parliamentary constituencies where polling will take place are - Kachchh, Banaskantha, Patan, Mahesana, Sabarkantha, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad East, Ahmedabad West, Surendranagar, Rajkot, Porbandar, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Anand, Kheda, Panchmahal, Dahod, Vadodara, Chhota Udaipur, Bharuch, Bardoli, Surat, Navsari and Valsad. Full list of candidates going to polls in Gujarat in third phase of Lok Sabha election 2019.