Delhi and Bihar had the lowest voter turnout of 55.4% and 55% respectively till 6 pm, according to figures released by the Election Commission.
Fifty nine constituencies across 7 states, including all seven Lok Sabha seats of Delhi, went to polls on Sunday, with West Bengal registering the highest voter turnout of 80.13%.
An average of 59.28% voter turnout was recorded till 5 pm in 59 seats spread across UP, Haryana, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi in the sixth phase of Lok Sabha, according to the Election Commission.
West Bengal- 63.09, Delhi-36.73, Haryana- 47.57 Uttar Pradesh- 40.96, Bihar- 43.86, Jharkhand- 54.09, Madhya Pradesh- 48.53
Mohammad Shokeen and twelve members of his family could not cast their votes on Sunday as their names were missing from voter's list despite the fact they have been living at same address in Delhi for 32 years.
The 68-year-old, who lives with his family in South Delhi's Sangam Vihar D Block, is not alone, but there are many people like them who could not exercise their franchise in this Lok Sabha election.
"This is not acceptable. We are the original residents of this area. We have not changed residence and have all documents. Nobody came to our house to gave us slips. We have been voting for so many years," said a furious Shokeen.
Former President of India, Pranab Mukherjee casts his vote at a polling booth in NP Primary School, K Kamraj Lane
“BJP workers are moving around in a polling booth in Sangam Vihar in BJP scarves, a person voted 4 times. We identified 8-10 such ppl and caught one red handed. Ramesh Bidhuri(BJP candidate) is losing badly so is indulging in such tactics,” said AAP South Delhi candidate Raghav Chadha
'Nari Shakti' was on display in the all-women staffed booths in Delhi Sunday which drew more women voters, especially from the Muslim community, officials said.
In a first for the city, as many as 17 all-woman staffed booths have been established for the Lok Sabha elections in the seven constituencies of Delhi, where from presiding officers to ground staff, all are women.
Incidentally, four of the seven district election officer-cum-returning officer are also women, and they too felt quite enthused to see the impact of the initiative.
NITI Aayog CEO, Amitabh Kant and Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora after casting their votes
Barring reports of sporadic violence mainly from Paschim Medinipur district, polling at eight Lok Sabha constituencies in West Bengal was peaceful as 37.97 per cent of 1,33,69,749 voters exercised their franchise in the first four hours of voting on Sunday.
Jhargram (ST) seat recorded the highest 41.87 per cent voter turnout till 11 am followed by 41.20 per cent in Tamluk, 39.41 per cent in Ghatal, 37.53 per cent in Kanthi, 37.50 per cent in Bishnupur (SC), 37.42 per cent in Medinipur, 35.78 per cent in Purulia and 33.07 per cent in Bankura, an election official said.
The eight constituencies are spread across five districts of the state.
BJP candidate Bharati Ghosh was allegedly attacked twice by local people when the former IPS officer tried to visit polling stations in her Ghatal Lok Sabha constituency on Sunday when the sixth phase of polling was underway there.
One of her security guards was injured in stone pelting in one of the two incidents of attack. The state CEO has sought reports from the West Midnapore district magistrate about the incidents.
Ghosh suffered minor injuries when a group of women allegedly attacked her when she tried to take one BJP agent inside a polling booth at Keshpur area in the morning, officials said.
Senior CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat after casting his vote at a polling booth in Sanchar Bhawan
It is very clear BJP govt is going, people's anger will be expressed through voting: Priyanka Gandhi after casting vote
State wise voter turnout till 12 pm:
Madhya Pradesh: 28.01%
Uttar Pradesh: 21.75%
West Bengal: 38.08%
NCT of Delhi: 19.50%
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Robert Vadra leave after casting their vote at a polling booth in Sardar Patel Vidyalaya at Lodhi Estate
Age is just a number, says a family member of 111-year-old Bachan Singh, the oldest voter in Delhi who carried a youthful enthusiasm into the polling station in Tilak Vihar here.
Till the last assembly elections in 2015, the centenarian cycled to the polling booth to cast his vote. This time, he reached the booth in a car along with poll officers in full media glare.
Legendary Cricketer Kapil Dev arrives to cast his vote at a polling booth in DPS Mathura Road along with wife Romi and daughter Amiya
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj after casting her vote at a polling booth in NP Senior Secondary School in Aurangzeb Lane
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal casts his vote at a polling booth in Civil Lines.
“The election was fought on key issues including demonetization, farmer problems, Gabbar Singh Tax and corruption in Rafale. Narendra Modi used hatred in the campaign and we used love and I am confident love will win,” said Congress President Rahul Gandhi after casting his vote.
Voting, that was scheduled to start at 7 am, began late at some booths in the national capital on Sunday. Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain said that voting started 50 minutes late at three polling booths.
"Voting started at 7.50 am at 3 booths of Railway Jhuggi, Shakurbasti," he tweeted. However, there was no immediate response from the Chief Electoral Office.
Shashi Devi, a 58-year-old resident of Mayur Vihar I, said that she and her son were made to wait for 20 minutes by officials at a polling booth.
Delhi BJP Chief & party's candidate from North-East Delhi Manoj Tiwari casts his vote at polling booth number 60 in Yamuna Vihar. He is up against Congress's Sheila Dikshit and AAP's Dilip Pandey.
AAP Candidate from East Delhi, Atishi after casting her vote at a polling booth in Kamla Nehru Govt Sarvodaya Vidyalaya in Jangpura. She is up against BJP's Gautam Gambhir and Congress's Arvinder Singh Lovely
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday appealed to people to vote but cautioned them against supporting those who indulged in the politics of "spreading hatred" and blocked Delhi's development.
On Twitter, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader told voters that their votes should go to those who worked for them. "Your vote can change the country." Earlier, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia greeted all seven candidates of the AAP in Delhi.
Voting began on Sunday across 59 Lok Sabha constituencies spread over seven states, largely in the Hindi heartland. This is the sixth round of the seven-phase electoral exercise.
State wise voter turnout till 9 am:
Madhya Pradesh: 4.18%
Uttar Pradesh: 6.86%
West Bengal: 6.76%
NCT of Delhi: 3.75%
As voting is underway for the sixth and penultimate phase of Lok Sabha elections, here are some interesting facts
* 59 Lok Sabha constituencies across 7 states headed to polls.
* Over 10.17 crore voters to decide fate of 979 candidates.
* Over 1.13 lakh polling stations in place for smooth conduct of polls
* In the last five phases, 424 out of 543 seats have already gone to polls.
* Percentage wise, 78 per cent seats have undergone the electoral exercise till the fifth phase
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar casts his vote at a polling booth in Karnal.
Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia after casting his vote at a polling booth in Pandav Nagar, in East Delhi Constituency.
Former Delhi CM and Congress's candidate from North-East Delhi, Sheila Dikshit after casting her vote at a polling booth in Nizamuddin (East)
Valmiki Nagar: 5.8%, East Champaran: 3.35%, West Champaran: 5.4%, Gopalnagar: 3.5%, Sheohar: 2.50%, Vaishali: 4%, Siwan: 6%, Maharajganj: 2.3%
Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli cast his vote here on Sunday appealed to voters to exercise their franchise.
After casting his vote here, he told reporters: "Everyone should come and vote and I urge to all."
Congress's Ajay Maken votes in New Delhi constituency. This is the fourth consecutive time he is contesting from the same seat.
"Yet another phase of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections is here! Urging all those whose constituencies are polling in today's sixth phase to go out and vote," he said in a tweet.
Uttar Pradesh Minister Sidharth Nath Singh after casting his vote at a polling booth in Prayagraj
BJP Candidate from East Delhi Gautam Gambhir casts his vote at a polling booth in Old Rajinder Nagar. He is up against AAP's Atishi and Congress's Arvinder Singh Lovely
Two BJP workers Ananta Guchait & Ranjit Maity shot at Saturday night in Bhagabanpur, East Medinipur. Both the injured admitted to hospital.
Polling for sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections 2019 began on 59 parliamentary seats across six states and one union territory.
The seven states where polling began are Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bengal, Haryana and Delhi. Over 1 lakh 13 thousand polling stations and heavy security is in place to conduct smooth voting. Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir and boxer Vijender Singh who is contesting from south Delhi on Congress ticket are among the prominent candidates for Phase 6 Lok Sabha election 2019.
Other important candidates include AAP leaders Atishi and Raghav Chadha, singer and BJP leader Hans Raj Hans, Congress leader and former veteran cricketer Kirti Azad, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia and Pragya Thakur, BJP candidate from Bhopal who is an accused in Malegaon blast.