A dozen seats record 10% increase in turnout in first four phases

In the first four phases of the Lok Sabha election, 12 constituencies in Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Assam recorded more than a 10% increase in turnout from the 2014 figure. In almost two dozen constituencies, the increase was between 5% and 10%. The highest rise of 28.24% was in the Rajamahendravaram constituency of Andhra Pradesh, followed by 28.03% in Eluru during the first phase, which saw an overall jump of 8.78% in the State. In Assam, the Barpeta seat registered more than a 27% increase. There was an increase of 9.37% in the State in the first round. During the fourth phase, four of the six constituencies of Madhya Pradesh had more than a 10% increase, the highest of 12.55% reported from the Sidhi constituency. It was 9.15% in Balaghat and 3.05% in the Chhindwara seat.

The range of increase from 5% to 10% was noted in the constituencies spread across Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Manipur, Gujarat, Kerala and Rajasthan.

An analysis of the data pertaining to four phases, as released by the Election Commission, also reveals that in about 150 parliamentary constituencies the turnout was less compared to 2014. The highest decline of 25.69% was recorded in Anantnag during the third phase. The constituency was covered in three phases due to security concerns.

In the first phase, the turnout in Andaman & Nicobar islands constituency slid by 5.53%, while in AP, four constituencies also reported a decline of more than 1% to 5.25%, the highest being in Nellore. Three of the five constituencies in Assam during this round also registered a decrease of over 1%, while it was 2.93% less in Nawada.

In Tamil Nadu, 25 constituencies recorded a decline, the highest of 4.59% being in Sriperumbudur. The seats where the same trend was witnessed are also in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Lakshadweep, Daman & Diu, Goa, Gujarat and Rajasthan.

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