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UP Elections 2017 Record 65% Voter Turnout In Second Phase

Officials in Lucknow said that maximum voting was reported from Saharanpur and Lakhimpur Kheri. 

15/02/2017 8:30 PM IST | Updated 15/02/2017 8:39 PM IST
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NEW DELHI -- Over 65% voters cast their ballot in the second phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections across 67 seats on Wednesday, the Election Commission said.

"The polling was 65.5% till 5 p.m. and was continuing," Deputy Election Commissioner Vijay Dev told reporters.

He said that Election Commission had made cash seizure of ₹16.5 crore, liquor worth ₹9 crore and drugs worth ₹1.1 crore. The official said gold and silver have also been seized.

Officials in Lucknow said that maximum voting was reported from Saharanpur and Lakhimpur Kheri.

Barring some places where Electronic Voting Machines developed some snags, polling was smooth and peaceful in most of the 67 assembly constituencies across 11 districts.

Polling began on Wednesday morning amid tight security at 7 a.m.

Long queues of women, differently-abled and elderly voters were seen in most parts outside the poll booths.

In the 2012 assembly polls, the average polling in these constituencies was 64%.

A total of 721 candidates were in the fray.

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