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61% Turn Out To Vote, Better 2012 Show

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The third phase of the UP assembly elections in 69 constituencies of the Yadav belt and Awadh region passed off peacefully on Sunday . It registered 61.16% polling, an increase of over1% from 2012. The turnout, indicative of voters going in for a decisive mandate, was even higher than the 2014 Lok Sabha elections’ 58.44%, recorded in these assembly segments spread over 12 districts. According to chief electoral officer T Venkatesh, Sitapur district recorded the highest turnout, 68.5%, followed by Barabanki at 68.13%. Kanpur Nagar, at 56.42%, recorded the lowest turnout of the phase. Mahmoodabad assembly constituency in Sitapur registered the highest voting percentage of 72.4% among all the 69 constituencies that went to the polls.Kanpur Cantonment posted the lowest of 50.43%. The state capital recorded 58.1% voting which was an increase from 56.68% in the 2012 state polls.

The voting percentage saw an increase in the Yadav-dominated districts. Etawah recorded 60.14% as compared to 59.87% in 2012. Likewise, Mainpuri registerd 59.51% in comparison to 59.46 in the previous assembly elections. Kannauj witnessed the highest jump-from 57.73% in 2012 to 62.88 this year-while in Auraiya, the poll percentage went up from 58.98 in 2012 to 60.62% this time.

In 2012, SP had swept this phase, winning 54 out of 69 seats while both BJP and BSP were a distant joint second with six seats each.

In Lucknow district, SP had won seven out of nine seats and had displayed similar dominance in districts like Etawah, Mainpuri, Sitapur, Lakhimpur and Barabanki.

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