Indian voting averages 46-86 percent

April 16th, 2009 - 8:31 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) Between 46 and 86 percent of 143 million voters exercised their franchise in the first round of general elections Thursday, the Election Commission announced.
Giving preliminary statistics compiled from 15 states and two union territories, an Election Commission official said the voting ranged from 46 percent in Bihar to a high 86 percent in Lakshadweep island.

“By and large the elections were peaceful,” Deputy Election Commissioner R. Balakrishnan told reporters after 10 hours of balloting.

He said there were sporadic incidents of violence blamed on Maoists in some states that left 17 people dead and many injured.

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