Polling begins in second phase of Indian elections (Lead)

April 23rd, 2009 - 8:48 am ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, April 23 (IANS) Polling stations in 140 constituencies across 12 states opened at 7 a.m. for the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections.
Voters started queueing up at many of the 222,350 polling stations where 194 million people are eligible to exercise their franchise.

A contingent of one million officials is overseeing the electoral process. There are 2,034 candidates in the fray.

The states going to polls are Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand.

Voting also began for the last of the two-phase assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa.

The first phase of polling was conducted April 16.

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