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Fourth phase records 69 per cent voter turnout, Andhra tops with 80.66, J-K lowest

After phase four, polling in three more phases including fifth, sixth and seventh are yet to take place. The results for the Lok Sabha elections will be declared on June 4. In the first three phases, experts shared their concerns over the low voter turnout.

Shashwat Bhandari Edited By: Shashwat Bhandari @ShashBhandari New Delhi Updated on: May 16, 2024 0:02 IST
Voters wait in a queue at a polling station to cast their
Image Source : PTI Voters wait in a queue at a polling station to cast their votes.

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: The fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections 2024 recorded a total voter turnout of 69.16 per cent, higher than the 2019 elections, according to the Election Commission of India (ECI). According to the election body, Andhra Pradesh recorded the highest polling of 80.66 per cent while Jammu and Kashmir recorded the lowest with 38.49 per cent.

Below is the state-wise voter turnout in Lok Sabha Elections 2024 Phase 4

  • Bihar - 58.21 per cent 
  • Jharkhand - 66.01 per cent
  • Madhya Pradesh - 72.05 per cent 
  • Maharashtra - 62.21 per cent
  • Odisha - 75.68 per cent 
  • Telangana - 65.67 per cent
  • Uttar Pradesh - 58.22 per cent 
  • West Bengal - 80.22 per cent 

Speaking about polling turnout in Andhra Pradesh, in 2019, the state had recorded a voter turnout of 79.77 per cent while in 2014, it was 78.41 per cent.

According to the Election Commission, 454 candidates contested for the 25 Lok Sabha seats and 2,387 did so in the Assembly polls.

On the day of polling (Monday, May 13), according to the poll authority, the turnout stood at 67.25 per cent at 11:45 pm which was 1.74 percentage points higher than the corresponding phase in the 2019 parliamentary polls.

The figures, the EC said, will continue to be updated by the field-level officers as polling parties keep returning.

A total of 96 seats went to polls in the fourth phase of the seven-phase election. After the latest phase, polling has been completed in 379 seats across 23 states and Union territories.

Polling has also been completed in the Assembly elections of Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh.

In the 2019 Lok Sabha election, the turnout recorded in the fourth phase was 65.51 per cent. Polling was then held in 71 seats across nine states.

A look at voting trends in first three phases of 2024

In the first phase of the ongoing general election, a 66.14-per cent turnout was recorded. In the 2019 polls, the turnout in the first phase was 69.43 per cent.

In the second phase of the election held on April 26, the turnout was recorded at 66.71 per cent as against the 69.64 per cent in the second phase of the 2019 polls.

The updated voter turnout figures for the third phase of polling in the Lok Sabha election stood at 65.68 per cent. In the third phase of the 2019 general election, the turnout was 68.4 per cent.

The poll panel said according to the laid-down procedure, a scrutiny of election papers takes place a day after polling in the presence of candidates or their authorised polling agents. The decision to conduct re-poll, if any, is also taken thereafter. Some polling parties return after the polling day, depending on the geographical or logistical conditions.

"The commission will also, after the scrutiny and depending on the number/schedule of re-poll, publish the updated voter turnout along with gender-wise breakup by May 17," the EC said.

The voter apathy towards turning up at polling stations has largely been blamed on the heatwave conditions. The EC has been making efforts to ensure voter registration and a higher voter participation. It has described its efforts as "from roll to poll".

The poll panel had expressed dismay at the poor voter turnout in metro cities and described it as urban and youth apathy towards elections.

Since registration as a voter and casting votes is not mandatory under law, the EC has said it functions in a "persuasive space" to motivate people to enrol themselves as voters.

After the fourth phase, voting for three more phases is left. The fifth phase will be held on May 20, the sixth on May 25, and the seventh and last phase on June 1. Results will be declared on June 4. 

With inputs from PTI

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