Staff Reporter, Bhopal
As many as 54.41 percent voters cast their votes in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in 10 Parliamentary constituencies today according to information received till late night in Madhya Pradesh. This is 8.20 percent more compared to Lok Sabha elections in these constituencies in year 2009. Today, 61.08 percent male and 46.46 female voters exercised their franchise. Maximum 63.40 voting has been registered in Rajgarh and minimum 45.16 percent in Bhind.
Increase in poll percentage has been registered due to widespread voter awareness campaign in Madhya Pradesh. Voting percentage was 46.21 in Lok Sabha elections in these constituencies in year 2009.
Voters exhibited enthusiasm despite extreme heat and rains in some areas. in the second phase voting percentage was 51.67 percent in Morena, 45.15 in Bhind (SC), 50.78 percent in Gwalior, 61.11 in Guna, 59.08 in Sagar, 50.67 in Tikamgarh (SC), 54.06 in Damoh, 50.11 in Khajuaraho, 58.42 in Bhopal and 66.40 percent in Rajgarh Lok Sabha constituency. “Nearly 58.40 per cent of male voters turned out to exercise their franchise whereas the figure is 42.80 per cent for female electorate,” the state’s Chief Electoral Officer Jaideep Govind told reporters here.
Maximum polling was recorded in Guna at 61.10 per cent. Corresponding figures are Sagar 59.08, Rajgarh 58.95, Bhopal 58.42, Morena 51.69, Tikamgarh 50.66, Gwalior 44.53, Damoh 43.62, Khajuraho 42.69 and Bhind 41.99. He said former chief minister Uma Bharti’s helicopter landed in Shivpuri by mistake. Barring stray incidents, the second-phase polling is progressing peacefully. Stone pelting was reported in Bhind’s Maroli polling station but peace was restored. Polling agents clashed in Rajgarh but were pacified by police personnel. A report regarding ruckus by BJP workers at Old Rest House in Gwalior turned out to be a rumour. Light rainfall was reported in Morena. “Booth capturing has been reported from two polling stations in Sagar. A repoll could take place on these stations following detailed report. The report of bogus voting at Kolaras, Bamhori and Sigrai in Shivpuri was found to be untrue,” Mr Govind said.
Sixteen electronic voting machines (EVMs) were replaced at various polling stations during mock poll prior to polling. Besides, 61 defective EVMs were replaced after the polling process begun. Polling process was boycotted at some places but was re-started after election officials advised people. Poll boycott continued at two polling stations in Datia’s Nayagaon and Bhind’s Lahar area over development-related and compensation-related issues. Long queues were witnessed at polling stations since morning in view of summer season. The official voting time is 0700-1800 hrs.