India polls: Three phases completed, 6 remaining

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A soldier stands on guard at a polling booth as 2014 Lok Sabha polls are being conducted amidst tight security in Akhnoor of Jammu and Kashmir on April 10, 2014. Elections are being held in 91 parliamentary constituencies of India. (Photo: IANS) People queue-up to cast their votes at a polling booth during the third phase of 2014 Lok Sabha Polls in Gurgaon on April 10, 2014. (Photo: IANS)New Delhi: The festival of polling in world’s biggest democracy began April 7. The first two rounds involved only 13 constituencies from the country’s northeast.
Some 120 million people voted in 14 states and union territories in a critical third phase of general election to pick 91 of the 543 MPs. The overall
voting percentage was almost 63. There was a record voter turnout of 73.4 percent in Kerala, where balloting took place for all its 20 parliamentary constituencies. In most states, voting percentage went up from the 2009 level.
Delhi saw hectic polling all through the voting day. Delhi’s Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev credited the overwhelming turnout to the campaign carried out in the last few months to make people vote
Moving towards one of its highest electoral turnouts, Haryana saw nearly 73 percent of its over 1.6 crore voters exercising their franchise. Chandigarh was also all set to break its previous voting record with over 71 percent polling. Haryana’s Chief Electoral Officer Shrikant Walgad said that Haryana has recorded 70.4 percent turnout of voters in 10 parliamentary seats.

IANS