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     New Delhi, May 13, 2024: Polling in the fourth phase of General Elections 2024 which commenced at 7 am today simultaneously across 96 PCs recorded an approximate voter turnout of 62.84 per cent at 8 PM. 

     Polling was closed at 6 PM, but a large number of voters were still in the queue at many polling stations, Election Commission sources said suggesting the final percentage might increase.

State-Wise Approximate Voter Turnout in Phase – 4 (By 8 PM)

Sl. No.State / UTNo. PCsApproximate Voter Turnout %
1Andhra Pradesh2568.12
3Jammu and Kashmir136.58
5Madhya Pradesh868.63
9Uttar Pradesh1357.88
10West Bengal875.94
Above 10 States/UTs (96 PCs)9662.84

     Polling was held smoothly and peacefully. The Commission led by CEC Rajiv Kumar along with ECs Gyanesh Kumar and Sukhbir Singh Sandhu kept a regular close watch on each and every aspect of the poll process in all the phases and issued necessary directions, wherever required.

     Stringent security measures were in place creating a conducive environment for voters to cast their vote without fear or intimidation, the Commission said.

     With the conclusion of phase 4, polling for General Elections has crossed the halfway mark with polling completed in 23 States/UTs and 379 parliamentary constituencies.

     Polling is also complete in General Elections for State Legislative Assemblies of Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Andhra Pradesh and 28 assembly seats of Odisha State Assembly. 

     In the Kashmir valley, voting took place for the Srinagar PC today. Amidst elaborate security arrangements, voters were seen queuing up peacefully at various polling stations in Srinagar to cast their votes.

     Polling time in certain assembly segments of 17 Parliamentary Constituencies of Telangana was increased by the Commission (from 7 am till 6 pm) to increase voters’ participation.

     The Commission said, to further enhance transparency, the Voter Turnout App has now been upgraded to enable Android users of the App to take screenshots. This measure is in addition to the transparency measures taken by the Commission including showing state wise overall turnout on Voter turnout APP and releasing phase wise electors’ data.

     As per the laid down procedure, scrutiny of election papers takes place one day after the polling day in the presence of Candidates or their authorised polling agents. The decision to conduct repoll, if any, is also taken thereafter. Some polling parties return after polling day depending on the geographical/ logistical conditions. Commission will also, after the scrutiny and depending on the number/ schedule of repoll, publish the updated voter turnout along with gender wise breakup by 17.5.2024.

     The weather was largely conducive and there was no marked heat wave like conditions. Voters participated enthusiastically and visuals of voting happening under bright blue to overcast skies emerged from the 10 States/UTs that went to polls in Phase-4.

     Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, are the States/UTs where polling took place in this phase. A total of 1717 candidates were in the electoral fray in this phase.

     In an unfortunate incident, a polling official in Champapet, Telangana passed away while on duty. Taking swift cognisance of the tragic demise, the Commission has directed CEO Telangana for immediate disbursal of ex-gratia payment to the family of the deceased polling officer, the EC said.

    The next phase (phase 5) polling is scheduled on May 20, 2024 in 49 PCs in 8 States/UTs.

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