Bhubaneswar : Polling for the first phase of election held at 91 Lok Sabha seats spread across 18 states and 2 union territories ended a short while ago with several incidents of violence and EVM glitch. However, the Election Commission has termed the 1st phase as largely peaceful.
In the north-eastern states, Sikkim, Mizoram and Nagaland, in which the elections were concluded in one phase, the voter turnout was, 69 per cent, 60 per cent and 78 per cent, respectively. In Manipur, the voter turnout was 78.2 per cent with Tripura recording the highest polling at 81.8 per cent. Assam recorded a voter turnout of 68 per cent with West Bengal reporting a voter turnout of 81 per cent. While in Telangana, for which this Lok Sabha election was the first since its formation, witnessed a voter turnout of 60 per cent, Andhra Pradesh witnessed a total voter turnout of 66 per cent.
In Odisha, Voting for four Parliamentary and 28 Assembly constituencies in Odisha ended with 66 per cent of the six million eligible voters casting their votes by 5 pm, the state Chief Election Officer said. Simultaneous elections are being held in the state to the 147-member Assembly and 21 Lok Sabha constituencies.