Lucknow, March 4, 2017: 57% voter turnout has been recorded till 5 pm in the sixth and penultimate phase of the Uttar Pradesh polls that began at 7 a.m on Saturday.
Till 11 am, the voting percentage was 23.28 percent and the voting percent till 9 was 11%.
Heavy security arrangements have been made to ensure peaceful elections.
The over 1.72 crore electorate will decide the fate of 635 candidates across seven districts in eastern UP.
Prominent candidates in the fray include Bharatiya Janata Party’s Swami Prasad Maurya (Padrauna) and former state unit chief Surya Pratap Shahi (Pathardeva), and jailed don Mukhtar Ansari, contesting from Mau on a Bahujan Samaj Party ticket.
A maximum number of candidates are in Gorakhpur city where 127 candidates in fray for its nine seats, while the minimum number of candidates – seven – are in Mohammadabad Gohna seat in Mau.