/ LS election 2019 live updates: 3.9% overall voter turnout recorded till 9.13 AM

Zee News : May 06, 2019, 10:23 AM

Voting for the fifth phase of Lok Sabha election began at 7 am in 51 seats across 7 states on Monday. Polling will take place in Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal with a total of 8.75 crore voters eligible to exercise their franchise. There is a massive security deployment at over 96,000 polling stations to ensure that the election is fair and peaceful. 

Voting for the fifth phase of Lok Sabha election 2019 began at 7 AM in 51 seats across 7 states on Monday. Polling is being held in Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal with a total of 8.75 crore voters eligible to exercise their franchise. There is a massive security deployment at over 96,000 polling stations to ensure that the election is fair and peaceful. 

It is to be noted that the fifth phase has the highest percentage of women candidates so far in Lok Sabha election 2019 - 12 per cent. All political parties have done intense campaigning to woo voters for their candidates in the fifth phase.

The fifth phase will witness some intense clashes, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi vs BJP leader Smriti Irani in Amethi, Rajnath Singh (BJP) vs Poonam Sinha (SP) in Lucknow and Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore (BJP) vs Krishna Punia (Congress) in Jaipur Rural.Voters in a village in Betul district in Madhya Pradesh boycott polls. They are upset due to water shortage in the area, say reports.

Union Minister and BJP candidate from Hazaribagh, Jayant Sinha arrives at a polling booth to cast his vote. Sinha is contesting against Congress' Gopal Sahu and CPI's Bhubneshwar Prasad Mehta from the constituency. 

Cast your vote carefully, Mayawati urges voters. "Every voter should use the right to vote wisely. Everybody should get out of their homes to cast their votes," Mayawati said.