Third phase of polling

Third phase of polling for the fifteenth Loksabha elections got over on the 30th of April. On this day, votes were cast in nine states and two union territories which constituted a total of 107 parliamentary constituencies. Polling for the Sikkim Assembly elections also took place on this day. Votes were cast in 132 constituencies . According to the information given by the Election Commission, in these 107 Parliamentary constituencies ,there were fourteen crore forty lakh two thousand two hundred sixty five voters, 1567 contestants which included 101 female contestants. With the conclusion of the third phase of polling voting is over in 372 out of 543 seats. In this third phase of polling, voting took place for all the 26 seats of Gujrat, 16 seats of Madhya Pradesh, 15 of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal's 14, Bihar and Karnataka's 11 each, 10 seats of Maharashtra and one seat each of Jammu Kashmir and Sikkim and in the union territories of Dadar Nagar Haveli and Daman and diu's one seat each. It is being said that in this third phase of polling the ratio was even less than the second phase, and grossly only 50% voters made use of their right to vote, highest percentage of votes cast was 65% and the least was 26%. In Sikkim 65%, in West Bengal 64%, in Dadar Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu 60% each, in Karnataka 57%, in Gujrat 50%, in Bihar 48%, in Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh 45% polling was recorded. It is being told that, the day was very hot and in Gujrat and Madhya Pradesh temperature was even more than 44 degree Celsius whereas in Uttar Pradesh the mercury reached 42 degree Celsius.

The third phase of polling on the whole was quite peaceful. Naxalite violence has been reported from a few places and a few incidents of mutual conflicts or group rivalries have been reported. At some places people boycott the elections, but on the whole the third phase was peaceful, but the point to ponder is that the voters' interest and excitement is continuously decreasing, because wherein the first phase 60% votes were cast, in the second phase 55% votes were cast and in the third phase only 50% polling was recorded, everyone must give a thought to this. One reason which was told for this was that it was very hot that day and the other reason is that in many areas which were earlier declared as sensitive areas there was a reduction in time that means that the polling time was only from 7am to 3pm, but this not the only and basic reason behind it, this is so because, according to reports in most urban areas very few votes were cast. In rural areas also the excitement and interest is not present. The public views which have come out through different sources show that the general complain of the people is that their elected representatives take little interest in public grievances, very few representatives pay attention towards the fulfilment of the basic amenities like electricity, water, public health, information and newspapers, people's representatives are only seen among the people during the time of elections after that they don't even look back at them, this is a very basic complaint. If the public grievances are not solved and the basic needs of the people are not fulfilled then their complaints will go on increasing and their faith in the system will be lost.
04/05/09 Editorial by Parwaaz Rahmani, sehrozaDAWAT, translated by: Asma Anjum Siddiqui

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