India Elections : Over 60 percent polling in first phase

The first phase of the 2009 Lok Sabha elections recorded 58-62 percent voter turnout but was marred by large-scale Maoist violence that claimed the lives of 19 people, including 10 police personnel, the Election Commission said Thursday.

A majority of the states reported moderate turnout with Bihar a poor just 46 percent, and the Jammu seat 48 percent. India’s most literate state of Kerala that used to witness around 90 percent polling recorded just 60 percent voter turnout. Lakashdweep Island saw brisk polling recording 86 percent turnout.

This phase of the General Elections will seal the fate of 1,715 candidates including RJD chief Lalu Prasad, BJP’s Murli Manohar Joshi and Yashwant Sinha, TRS president K Chandrasekar Rao and union ministers Praful Patel, Renuka Chowdhury, Meira Kumar and S Jaipal Reddy.

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