44 percent voting in second phase of Uttar Pradesh polls(Third Lead)

April 23rd, 2009 - 8:31 pm ICT by IANS  

Rahul Gandhi Lucknow, April 23 (IANS) The second phase of polling in 17 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh ended Thursday with 44 percent voter turnout, state Election Commission officials said here.
However, the turnout was slightly lower than the first phase of elections held April 16 when nearly 48 percent voters exercised their franchise.

Polling started at 7 a.m. but a slow turnout was reported till late afternoon from almost all constituencies due to the scorching heat.

“The highest percentage was reported from Ambedkhar Nagar at 52 percent and the lowest from Kaushambhi constituency at 39 percent” state’s Chief Electoral Officer A.K. Bishnoi told reporters. Nearly 25 million people were eligible to cast their votes in the second phase.

Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s constituency Amethi saw 40.7 percent voter turnout.

“The polling was by and large peaceful and no disturbances were reported from any of the 17 constituencies,” Bishnoi said.

Officials said sporadic incidents of malfunctioning of electronic voting machines were reported from some constituencies, including Amethi, Pratapgarh and Domariyaganj.

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