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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Phase 5 voting begins amidst EVM glitches and grenade attack in Pulwama

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Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Phase 5

The Phase 5 of Lok Sabha elections 2019 is conducted today in seven states for 51 seats. As many as 8.76 crore voters would cast their vote held on 6 May, 2019. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has set up 96,088 polling booths across the country.

Till 10 AM, around 12.11 percent voter turnout has been recorded. The state wise turnout in percentage is given in the table below.

State Voter turnout in percent (till 10 AM)
Bihar 11.51
Jammu & Kashmir    0.80
Jharkhand 13.46
Madhya Pradesh 12.16
Rajasthan 13.37
Uttar Pradesh   9.82
West Bengal 15.19

At the polling booth of Rahmoo in Pulwama, a grenade attack took place. However, no casualty has been reported.

EVM glitches have been reported in some of the booths in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal.

Some of the political bigwigs who are facing elections today are Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi and BJP Union ministers Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani. Union ministers and BJP leaders Rajyawardhan Rathore (Jaipur Rural-Rajasthan), Arjun Ram Meghwal (Bikaner-Rajasthan) and Jayant Sinha (Hazaribagh-Jharkhand) are also in the fray in the fifth phase.

The number of seats in the seven states is given in the table below.

State Seats
Bihar 5
Jammu & Kashmir 2
Jharkhand 4
Madhya Pradesh 7
Rajasthan 12
Uttar Pradesh 14
West Bengal 7

While Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of polling booths, 28,072, Jammu & Kashmir has the lowest number of booths, which is 1,254.

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