Voting for the third and final phase of municipal elections concluded on Wednesday across 26 districts in Uttar Pradesh.
Polling for the first phase was held on November 22, while the second phase took place on November 26. Counting of votes for all the three phases will be done on December 1 and results will be declared the same day.
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# Voting for the final phase of municipal elections begins across 26 districts.
#According to the State Election Commission, the districts which would witness polling today includes Saharanpur, Baghpat, Bulandshahr, Moradabad, Sambhal, Etah, Firozabad, Kannauj, Auraiya, Kanpur Dehat, Jhansi, Mahoba, Fatehpur, Rae Bareli, Sitapur, Lakhimpur Khiri, Barabanki, Balrampur, Siddharthanagar, Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Mau, Chandauli, Jaunpur and Mirzapur.
#It is for the first time that all the other major parties - Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Samajwadi Party and Congress are contesting the urban body polls on their party symbols.
#In the first phase of polling, over 52 per cent voting was recorded, with Congress bastion Amethi logging a high turnout of 68.44 per cent and Adityanath's home turf Gorakhpur registering the lowest poll percentage.
#The second phase of the polls saw an average voter turnout of over 50 per cent. A total of 1.3 crore electors in 25 districts were eligible to exercise their franchise in the second phase. In 2012, the polling percentage in these districts was 43.67.
#The ongoing Uttar Pradesh civic polls, involving over 3.3 crore voters in the 75 districts of the state, is also being seen as litmus test for Yogi Adityanath-led BJP government.
#The civic body polls are being held eight months after the BJP came to power in Uttar Pradesh with a landslide victory.
#In 2012, the BJP had swept the mayoral polls, winning 10 of the 12 posts of mayor in the state.