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Elections 2014: 120 million fingers inked in phase 3

People cutting across social and economic strata poured into 140,850 polling centres from the time they opened at 7 in the morning for the 11-hour balloting yesterday; overall voting percentage was almost 63

New Delhi: Some 120 million people across the country voted yesterday across 14 states and union territories in a critical third phase of the parliamentary elections to pick 91 of the 543 Lok Sabha members.


(From Left to Right) Arvind Kejriwal, Nitin Gadkari, Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi

It includes seven seats in the national capital whose control is considered important for any party seeking to sit in the seat of power in New Delhi.

The overall voting percentage was almost 63 at the 140,850 voting centres from the time they opened at 7 am.

Political analyst GVL  Narasimha Rao, said Thursday’s polling was important because the 91 seats were almost a sixth of the total LS seats. There was a record voter turnout of 73.4 percent in Kerala  

91
Number of Lok Sabha seats that went to polls in the third phase yesterday

7
Number of Lok Sabha seats in Delhi

1,414
Total number of candidates that were in the fray yesterday

Minister asked to Prove identity

Jammu: Union health minister and former state chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad (in pic) was yesterday asked to prove his identity at a polling booth in the Jammu Lok Sabha constituency. Azad had gone to cast his vote at the DPS polling station at Jogi Gate area, but was refused permission by the presiding officer who demanded his identity proof.



The matter was later settled when a local Congress leader went to stand surety for Azad’s identity. He later cast his vote. Azad is himself fighting the elections from Udhampur Lok Sabha seat although he is registered as a voter in Jammu.

Voting on April 10

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