Saturday, June 22, 2024

Lok Sabha Elections: Sixth phase of polling underway in 58 constituencies

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was spotted clicking a selfie with mother and party’s senior leader Sonia Gandhi after casting vote in Delhi during Phase 6.

Voting is taking place in 58 seats across seven states and one Union Territory in the sixth and penultimate phase of the Lok Sabha election today. Delhi and Haryana are voting in a single phase. For the seventh and last phase, 57 seats will be left.

Voting is taking place today in eight seats each in Bihar and Bengal, seven in Delhi, 10 in Haryana, four in Jharkhand, 14 in Uttar Pradesh, and the final seat in Jammu & Kashmir — Anantnag-Rajouri, where poling was moved from the third to the sixth phase.

Odisha will pick representatives for 42 assembly constituencies and six Lok Sabha seats today.

As at 9 am, the approximate voter turnout in phase 6 of the Lok Sabha polls is 10.82 per cent. West Bengal record highest polling percentage as of now at 16.54 per cent. Haryana is the lowest at 8.31 per cent.

Mehbooba Mufti of the Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party alleged that her party workers and polling agents are being detained in police stations “without any reason”. Mehbooba Mufti also claimed that complaints regarding the efforts to “tamper the EVMs” are being received.

Mehbooba Mufti, who is a candidate from Anantnag–Rajouri Lok Sabha seat in South Kashmir where voting is currently underway, is sitting on a protest along with party leaders and workers.

The PDP president also claimed that outgoing calls on her mobile number have been suspended without any explanation.

Meanwhile, Udit Raj, contesting from Northwest Delhi seat, arrived at a polling station and said the INDIA bloc polling agents are not being allowed inside the booths.

“We raised the issue at 7:30 AM and the RO told us no issues would come up. However two hours later, our agents are still not being allowed inside. This issue is cropping up in areas such as Jahangirpuri, Bhalswa Dairy, and Mangolpuri. This is a grave problem and needs to be addressed by the Election Commission,” he said.

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