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Voter Turnout Remains 64.5% as Third Phase of Lok Sabha Polls Concludes

As the third phase of polling for 93 Lok Sabha seats came to a close on Tuesday, voter turnout stood at 64.5%, slightly lower than the 2019 turnout of 66%.

However, this decline was less significant compared to the first two phases, indicating increased participation as the election progresses.


Regional Variances Highlighted

Assam emerged as the frontrunner in voter turnout, with an impressive 81.7%, showcasing a robust civic engagement. On the contrary, Uttar Pradesh recorded the lowest turnout at 57.3%, though still reflecting substantial participation.

Bihar and Gujarat followed closely behind with 58.2% and 59.2% respectively. Notably, Surat in Gujarat witnessed an uncontested victory for the BJP candidate, signaling a unique electoral landscape in the region.

In West Bengal, where political fervor runs high, the turnout of 75.8% marked a decline from the previous election’s 81.7%. Despite this decrease, voter engagement remains significant, underscoring the state’s pivotal role in the electoral process.


National Trends and Administrative Measures

With the completion of the third phase, voting has concluded in 283 parliamentary constituencies across 20 states and union territories. The Election Commission (EC) lauded the enthusiastic participation of voters, emphasizing their resilience in braving adverse weather conditions to exercise their democratic right.

Furthermore, the EC implemented innovative strategies to enhance voter outreach, including SMS alerts, WhatsApp messages, and voice calls featuring national and state icons. This proactive approach aimed to encourage voter participation and ensure a smooth electoral process.

Looking ahead, the EC announced plans to publish updated voter turnout data, including gender-wise breakdown, by May 11 following scrutiny and potential repolling assessments.

As India progresses through its multi-phase Lok Sabha elections, voter turnout remains a key indicator of democratic engagement. Despite varying regional dynamics, the overall participation reflects a collective commitment to shaping the nation’s future through the ballot box.

With administrative initiatives bolstering voter outreach, the electoral process continues to evolve, guided by principles of inclusivity and transparency.

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