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Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Phase 3, Current Affairs Key Takeaways: 66% voter turnout recorded

The third phase of polling was held in Parliamentary constituencies of Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Tripura and Daman & Diu.

Apr 24, 2019 09:30 IST
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Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Third Phase

The third phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 registered an overall approximate voter turnout of more than 66 percent compared to 69.3 percent in 2014. The voting for the Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Phase 3 took place on April 23, 2019 for 117 Lok Sabha Constituencies across 13 States and 2 Union Territories.

The third phase of polling was held in Parliamentary constituencies of Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Tripura and Daman & Diu.

The single phase polling was held for 26 parliamentary constituencies of Gujarat and 20 constituencies of Kerala.

Note: With this third phase, out of 543 Lok Sabha constituencies, polls concluded in 303 constituencies.

PM Modi casted his vote in Ahmedabad

Prime Minister Narendra Modi casted his vote in the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections at a booth set up in Nishan High School, Ahmedabad, exercising his franchise.

State-wise highlights

In Kerala, all the 20 Parliamentary constituencies went to polling in a single phase. For this purpose, the Election Commission had set up a total of 24,970 polling stations in the state. There are a total of 227 candidates in the fray.

In Jammu & Kashmir, Anantnag district of Anantnag Parliamentary Constituency went to polls. The voting for Anantnag Constituency is scheduled to be held in 3 parts - Phase III, Phase IV & Phase V of General Elections 2019. The polling will cover four districts of Anantnag Constituency - Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama. The voting in in Kulgam will be held on 29 April and in Shopian and Pulwama on 6 May.

In Karnataka, the remaining 14 out of 28 Parliamentary constituencies witnessed voting in the third phase to decide the fate of a total of 237 candidates, out of which, 9 are women. The state has two-phase polling. The first phase of polling took place on April 18, 2019 with voter turnout of 68.52 percent.

In Chhattisgarh, 7 Parliamentary Constituencies went to polls during Phase 3 of the Lok Sabha Elections, namely Raipur, Bilsapur, Durg, Janjgir-Champa, Raigarh, Korba and Sarguja. The Raipur, Bilsapur, Durgand Korba Constituencies are for general category; Raigarh and Sarguja are reserved for the Schedule Tribe and Janjgir-Champa is reserved for Schedule Caste.

In Bihar, voting was held in 5 Parliamentary Constituencies of Jhanjharpur, Supaul, Araria, Madhepura and Khagaria to decide the fate of 82 candidates.

In Assam, polling for 4 Parliamentary Constituencies of Dhubri, Kokrajhar, Barpeta and Guwahati was held.

In Goa, polling was held in two Parliamentary Constituencies - North Goa and South Goa. 12 candidates will contest for these two Lok Sabha seats.

Key candidates in Key Constituencies

- In the 3rd phase, single phase polling is being held for 26 parliamentary constituencies of Gujarat. In Gujarat, the third phase will decide the fate of prominent candidates including BJP President Amit Shah, former Union Ministers Mansukh Vasava, Mohan Kundariya and Bharatsinh Solanki.  

- Kerala underwent single phase polling for 20 constituencies. A total of 227 candidates including 23 women are in the fray. A few prominent among them are Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister KJ Alphonse, Shashi Tharoor, K Rajasekharan, Suresh Gopi and K Surendran.

- In Maharashtra, 249 candidates contested in this phase including NCP leader Sharad Pawar’s daughter Supriya Sule, Congress leader Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil’s son Dr. Sujay Vikhe-Patil and Shiv Sena’s Anant Geete.

- In Uttar Pradesh, constituencies that went to polls in this phase included Moradabad, Rampur, Sambhal, Firozabad, Mainpuri, Bareilly and Pilibhit. 120 candidates including 14 women are in the fray including key candidates - Mulayam Singh Yadav, Santosh Gangwar, Jaya Prada, Varun Gandhi, Shivpal Yadav and Ajam Khan.

Key Takeaways

  • The third phase is biggest phase of the 2019 General Elections as it covers 117 Constituencies in single phase.
  • Over 18 crore 85 lakh voters will decide fate of 1640 candidates
  • Over 2 lakh 10 thousand polling booths were placed for smooth conduct of elections
  • Voting was held for 14 seats each in Maharashtra and Karnataka; 10 in Uttar Pradesh; 7 in Chhattisgarh; 6 in Odisha; 5 each in Bihar and West Bengal; 4 in Assam; 2 in Goa; 1 each in Jammu and Kashmir, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu and Tripura.
  • Single phase polling was held for 26 parliamentary constituencies of Gujarat and 20 constituencies of Kerala.
  • Besides, By-polls for 4 assembly seats in Gujarat and 3 in Goa were also held simultaneously.

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