New Delhi: An estimated 63.3 per cent turnout was recorded on Sunday in the sixth and penultimate phase of the Lok Sabha elections 2019 covering 59 seats spread over six states and one Union Territory, the Election Commission of India (ECI) said. The sixth phase of polling was held for eight seats in Bihar, all 10 seats in Haryana and all seven in Delhi, four in Jharkhand, eight in Madhya Pradesh, 14 in Uttar Pradesh and eight in West Bengal.
The poll panel officials said the final polling percentage may rise as there were queues at some places and this figure is till 6 PM.
Highest turnout was recorded in West Bengal. The state witnessed nearly 80 per cent of polling in the eight Lok Sabha constituencies of the state. In Bihar, an estimated 59.38 per cent of 1.38 crore voters exercised their franchise till 6 PM in eight Lok Sabha constituencies of the state.
In Jharkhand, an estimated 64.46 per cent of the over 66.85 lakh electorate exercised their franchise till 4 PM.
Delhi recorded a voter turnout of around 60 per cent for the seven Lok Sabha seats, five percentage points down from the 2014 Lok Sabha election, the Delhi chief electoral officer said.
Madhya Pradesh witnessed 60.06 per cent of total turnout in eight Lok Sabha seats. Over 54 per cent polling was reported till 6 pm in 14 Lok Sabha constituencies of Uttar Pradesh. Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Union minister Maneka Gandhi were among the key contestants in the state.
Around 63 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the 10 Lok Sabha seats of Haryana. In the 2014 general election, the overall poll percentage stood at 71.86.
The polling percentage for the first five phases was 69.5 per cent, 69.44 per cent, 68.40 per cent, 65.5 per cent and 64.16 per cent, respectively and the overall percentage was 67. 40 per cent which is 1.33 percentage points over the 66.07 per cent in 2014.