UP polls 2017: 57.03% voter turnout recorded till 1700 hours in 6th phase
Lucknow: The final polling figure at the end of the sixth phase election of the UP Assembly polls remained 57.03 per cent (tentative) on Saturday. The polling was held in 49 constituencies spread across the seven districts.
Around 1.72 crore voters, including 94.60 lakh men and 77.84 lakh women, may exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 635 candidates in this phase.
District wise polling percentage:
Azamgarh: 56.38 per cent
Balia: 55.57 per cent
Deoria: 54.89 per cent
Gorakhpur: 56.89 per cent
Kushinagar: 58.08 per cent
Maharajganj: 60.80 per cent
Mau: 58.75 per cent
The districts went for polls in sixth phase polling were Mau, Maharajganj, Kushinagar, Gorakhpur, Deoria, Azamgarh and Ballia.
The Election Commission has set up 17,926 polling booths in 49 constituencies of the seven districts. The most number of candidates (23) are contesting for the Gorakhpur seat, while Mohammadabad Gohna in Mau districts has the least number of candidates (7).
Out of the 635 candidates, 160 have assets worth in crores. BJP has the maximum (73 per cent) followed by BSP (71 per cent), SP (70 per cent), Congress (60 per cent) RLD (22 per cent) and Independent (13 per cent) candidates having movable and immovable assets amounting to crores.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has fielded the highest number of 24 out of 49 candidates with criminal records followed by BJP with 18 out of 45 candidates for the sixth phase polling.
The state ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) is not far behind with 15 out of 40 candidates having criminal cases against them, says the election watchdog Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) report.
RLD, CPI and Congress have fielded 5, 4 and 3 candidates respectively with criminal backgrounds. A total of 22 out of 175 independent candidates also have criminal cases registered against them.
Interestingly, out of the total 126 candidates with tainted background, 106 have been accused of serious criminal offences including murder, attempt to murder, kidnapping and crimes against women.
It may be mentioned here that in 2012 Assembly elections, out of a total of 49 seats, 27 were won by the SP, 9 by BSP, 7 by BJP, 4 by Congress and 2 by others.