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Business News/ Elections / Elections Blog/  Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 2 Voting Highlights: 70.21 pc voting in Kerala; Wayanad records 72.70 pc turnout
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Lok Sabha Election 2024 Phase 2 Voting Highlights: 70.21 pc voting in Kerala; Wayanad records 72.70 pc turnout

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Highlights: Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Shashi Tharoor, the BJP's youth icon Tejasvi Surya and Union minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar are among 1,210 candidates contesting polls in 88 seats across 13 states and UTs in Phase 2 of polling. 

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Highlights: Women voters show their ink-marked fingers after casting their votes for the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections, in Jammu on Friday. (ANI Photo) (Shanky Rathore)Premium
Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Highlights: Women voters show their ink-marked fingers after casting their votes for the second phase of the Lok Sabha elections, in Jammu on Friday. (ANI Photo) (Shanky Rathore)

Lok Sabha Election 2024 Voting Highlights: Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to vote in record numbers during the second phase voting for Lok Sabha Election 2024 that took place in 88 parliamentary constituencies spread across 13 states and Union Territories (UTs) on April 26.

The Prime Minister especially urged young voters and women voters to turnount in great numbers citing ‘high voter turnout strengthens democracy’

Congress leaders, including Malikarjun Kharge and Priyanka Gandhi also issued voting appeals while saying that this election was to 'save the constitution'.

The voting began at 7 am and will continue until 5 pm. 

Till 5 pm, Tripura continued to lead the voter turnout (77.53%) charts, while Uttar Pradesh has registered the lowest turnout with 52.74 per cent, according to the data released by the Election Commission of India on Friday.

The states of Manipur (76.06 per cent), and West Bengal (71.84 per cent), Chhattisgarh (72.13 per cent) and Assam (70.66 per cent) have also registered healthy turnouts till 5 pm.

As many as 15.88 crore voters are eligible to vote in this phase. The voters include 8.08 crore men, 7.8 crore women and 5,929 third-gender electors. The voters also include 3.28 crore young voters in the age group 20-29 years. This includes 34.8 lakh first-time voters registered to cast their votes in this phase.

As many as 109 seats had gone to polling in the Phase 1 on April 19. The first phase recorded a voter turnout of around 62 per cent. The counting of votes for all seven phases of Lok Sabha Elections will be held on June 4.

The seats going to polls on April 26 include all 20 Lok Sabha constituencies in Kerala, 14 in Karnataka, 13 in Rajasthan, eight each in Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra, seven in Madhya Pradesh, five each in Assam and Bihar, three each in West Bengal and Chhattisgarh and one each in Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur and Tripura.

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Shashi Tharoor, the BJP's youth icon Tejasvi Surya, Union minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar, actor-turned-politicians Hema Malini and Arun Govil, and the speaker in the outgoing Lok Sabha, Om Birla are among 1,210 candidates in the fray in Phase 2 of the Lok Sabha elections.

Over 16 lakh polling officials have been deployed across 1.67 lakh polling stations in this phase. Webcasting will be done in more than 50  per cent of the polling stations along with the deployment of micro-observers in all polling stations.

Overall, voting for 543 Lok Sabha seats will be held in seven phases. The last phase will be held on June 1. The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), which is seeking a record third term under PM Narendra Modi, has set a target of winning 400 seats this election. The ruling alliance is challenged by the opposition parties led by the Congress under the banner of the INDIA bloc.

The counting of votes for all seven phases of Lok Sabha Elections will take place on June 4. 

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