91 seats contested in Phase Three of General Election today
Phase Three of the nine phase general election takes place today. So far the election has been held in the north east of the country but from today the intensity of the election steps up with 14 states wholly or partly holding elections across 91 constituencies.
In the northern state of Bihar there are six of the 40 constituencies being contested with an electorate of 9,329,760 voting in 9781 polling stations with a choice of 80 candidates from six parties and 24 independents.
In Chhattisgarh one of the 11 constituencies is being contested today. There are six parties and eight candidates contesting the election with 1,299,068 eligible voters and 1,797 polling stations.
In Haryana in the north west all ten constituencies are being contested by 230 candidates from eight parties with 121 independents standing. There are 16,096,980 eligible voters voting at 16,244 polling stations.
We don’t have any data on the one seat out of six constituencies in Jammu and Kashmir being contested today, but inevitably security will be very tight.
In Jharkhand there are 62 candidates from seven parties along with 16 independents standing in four of the 14 constituencies. The electorate is 5,717,273 and there are 7,085 polling stations.
Keral is the most southern state having elections today and all 20 of its constituencies will be contested by 269 candidates along with six national parties and 175 independents. The number of eligible voters is 24,251,942 and there are 21,424 polling stations.
Nine of the 29 constituencies in Madhya Pradesh are contested today from an electorate of 14,435,533. There are 118 candidates and 16,592 polling stations.
The western state of Maharashtra will take ten of its 48 constituencies to the polls today. There are 12,175,662 eligible voters and 210 candidates with a staggering 89,479 polling stations in the state.
Odisha on the east coast has a state assembly election today with 70 of the 147 seats contested as well as contesting ten of its 21 constituencies for the Lok Sabha. In the state assembly election there are 668 candidates of whom 127 are independents with only the Indian National Congress (INC) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) putting up a full slate of candidates. In the parliamentary contest there are 98 candidates. The electorate for today is 13,539,390 and there are 17,223 polling stations.
Uttar Pradesh will be involved in six of the nine phases in the election and today will contest 10 of its 80 constituencies. There are 146 candidates and 17,412,605 eligible voters voting at 16,788 polling stations.
The Union Territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands way off to the south east of the mainland will contest their one seat today. They have an electorate of 269,360 and 386 polling stations across the 572 islands of which 34 are inhabited. There are 15 candidates contesting the election.
Chandigarh’s one seat has 17 candidates contesting with 613,939 voters and 516 polling stations.
Lakshadweep, a group of islands in the Laccadive Sea off the south west coast of India also contests its one seat today. There are 49,922 voters, 44 polling stations and six candidates. Only ten of the 39 islands are inhabited.
The National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi also contests all seven of its seats today. There are 12,711,371 eligible voters, 11,763 polling stations and 150 candidates including 58 independents from which to choose. The Aam Aadmi Party will be hoping to pick up seats here after their success in the state election earlier in December last year. However their government collapsed after just 49 days and Delhi ended up under presidential rule. Congress and the BJP claim to have made ground in the capital.
In yesterday’s phase two of the election turnout was high in three of the four states. Nagaland registered 81.47% turnout, Manipur had 80% turnout, Meghalaya 71% and Arunachal Pradesh 55%. A state assembly election also took place in Arunachal Pradesh yesterday for the 60 seat assembly which Congress dominates.
Polling hours for today’s polls are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time.