UP Assembly Elections 2017: 53% turnout till 3 pm in 3rd phase, polling peaceful :- Lucknow: On Sunday, in the 3rd phase of UP Polls 2017, about 53% votes were cast till 3 pm in the 69 Assembly constituencies. The turnout was over 44% till 1400 hours.
In Kanpur – 20.68% voters exercised their franchise till 11 AM. The polling began slowly but picked up pace later.
Farrukhabad, Hardoi, Auraiya, Kanpur Dehat, Kanpur, Unnao, Barabanki and Sitapur are among the 12 districts where these Assembly seats are spread.
Etawah is the native place of SP patron Mulayam Singh Yadav, while another key district is Mainpuri from where Tej Pratap Yadav is an SP MP. From Kannauj, Dimple Yadav, wife of Akhilesh, is an MP.
SP had won 55 of these 69 seats in the UP Polls 2012, while BSP, BJP and Congress secured just six, five and two respectively.
The fate of 826 candidates in the 3rd phase will be decided by 2.41 crore voters, including 1.10 crore women and 1,026 persons belonging to third gender category.
In the 3rd phase of UP Polls, the maximum number of 4,98,573 voters are in Sarojini Nagar seat of Lucknow, while the minimum of 2,72,294 voters are in Sisamau.
The highest number of 21 candidates are in Etawah, while minimum of three candidates are in Haidergarh (Barabanki).
Lucknow West and Central have 17 candidates each. There are 25,603 polling booths in this phase.
The Election Commission has appointed 4,609 micro-observers and 61 general observers and deployed over 83,000 personnel of central paramilitary forces for free and fair polling.
Moreover, 9119 Sub-inspectors of police, 3,357 head constables, 58,789 constables and 58,025 home guards of state police are on duty.
There are 1,707 sector magistrates, 200 zonal and 271 static magistrates to ensure peace.
The next four phases of UP polling 2017 will be held on February 23, 27 and on March 4 and 8. Counting of votes will take place on March 11.
Counting of votes will take place on 11th March 2017.