Over 75 pc turnout in India fourth phase polls
High turnout was witnessed in the fourth phase of the general elections in India on Saturday with Tripura witnessing as high as 84 percent polling and Assam and Goa registering more than 75 percent balloting till 5 pm.
Sikkim, which witnessed inclement weather, witnessed nearly 80 percent polling, said officials.
Polling was held for three Lok Sabha seats in Assam, two in Goa, one in Sikkim and one in Tripura.
In Goa the polling was 75.7 percent till 5 pm while in Assam the overall turnout was 75 percent.
More than 50 lakh voters in these four states were eligible to vote to decide the fate of 74 candidates.
In Assam, a total of 37 candidates of three Lok Sabha constituencies were in fray in the fourth phase polls.
Candidates of the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Communist Party of India (Marxist), Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist), Samajwadi Party (SP), Shiv Sena, All India Trinamool Congress (AITC), Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) (Liberation) contested in the three seats in Karimganj (SC), Silchar and Autonomous District (ST).
In North Goa, former Congress chief minister Ravi Naik contested against three times MP and former Union Minister Sripad Naik of the BJP. AAP had fielded Dattaram Desai from the Lok Sabha seat.
Congress candidate Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, BJP candidate Narendra Sawaikar and AAP candidate Swati Kerkar contested for the South Goa seat.
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar cast his vote in North Goa in the early hours.
"My performance in Goa and the Modi wave will help Goa return to power," Parikkar told reporters after casting his vote.
In Sikkim, six candidates were in the fray for the lone Lok Sabha seat.
There were 3,62,326 voters, including 1,75,549 women, in the state.
In Tripura, the contest was between the CPI-M, the Congress, the Trinamool Congress and the BJP.
(Posted on 12-04-2014)