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     New Delhi, April 26, 2024: About 60.96 per cent voters today exercised their franchise at the second phased of election in 88 Lok Sabha seats, Election Commission sources said.

     Polling in the second phase of General Elections 2024, which commenced at 7 AM today simultaneously across 88 PCs recorded an approximate voter turnout of 60.96 per cent as of 7 PM.

      In phase 2, voters from 46 villages in Bastar and Kanker PCs in Chhattisgarh cast their vote in a polling booth set up in their own village for the first time in a Lok Sabha Election. Thus, including phase 1, overall, 102 new polling stations were set for the first time in these PCs for convenience of villagers.

     Voters from across 13 States and Union Territories cast their votes at their polling station braving the hot weather conditions.

     From newlyweds to senior citizens, tribals to IT professionals, PwDs, women and youngsters, all were seen in queues waiting to cast their vote.

     With the conclusion of phase-2, voting has been completed in 14 States and UTs for General Elections 2024.

     The polling was held smoothly and peacefully in all States and UTs. The Commission led by CEC Rajiv Kumar along with ECs Gyanesh Kumar and Sukhbir Singh Sandhu constantly monitored the polling process since morning.

     Stringent security measures were implemented to maintain law and order, creating a conducive environment for voters to cast their vote without fear or intimidation, Commission Sources said.

     Webcasting was done in over 1 lakh Polling Stations.

     Polling time was extended till 6 PM in many polling stations in Banka, Madhepura, Khagaria and Munger constituencies in Bihar to facilitate voters in hot weather conditions Special arrangements were made to combat the heat including provision of shamiyana, drinking water, medical kits, and fans for convenience of voters.
     Polling officials and voters alike came in their traditional attire to celebrate the “Chunav ka Parv”. In Sikar, Rajasthan, women voters came in their traditional attire braving the heat.

      In Varuna constituency in Karnataka, Polling staff dressed in traditional attire welcomed the voters.
     The Commission had made special efforts to facilitate voting amongst the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTGs), elderly, young and first-time voters, women, and transgenders.

     Cricketing superstars Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid and Javagal Srinath among others were seen voting at different Polling Stations in Bangalore. Striking a pose with their inked fingers, they carried the message of importance of participation in the electoral process to the youth.

     Voters from Raima Valley, a remote area of Dhalai Assembly segment in Tripura came to polling stations through boats to cast their vote.

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