People in voting states of MP and Mizoram turned out with gusto with MP recording the highest-ever by notching over 70.55% on Monday, and Mizoram standing at 81%, marginally shy of its highest ever of 82.54% since its creation as a state in 1987.
MP’s Sheopur and Hoshangabad districts polled 83% and were the highest in the state where around 3.2 crore people stepped out to vote to decide the fate of over 2,500 candidates. The overall women voter turnout too was impressive at 68.91%, with male predictably higher at 72.5%. Although voting was overall peaceful, Bhind, Morena and Khargone witnessed some violence in which two people were killed.
The nephew of a Congress candidate, Bhura Kansana, was shot by BSF jawans in Sumaoli constituency of Morena. Kansana, 27, nephew of Aidal Singh Kansana, Congress candidate from Sumaoli, had threatened voters at a polling booth.
Elections to the 40-member House in Mizoram in comparison were peaceful with Mizoram People’s Forum (MPF), the church-sponsored election watchdog, keeping vigil in all 1,126 polling stations in the state. “Polling was peaceful. The constituencies of Tuivawl, Serlui and Chalfilh, which faced threat from of militants, recorded high turnout,” said Mizoram chief electoral officer Ashwani Kumar.
For the first time in Mizoram, the EC has introduced the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in 10 assembly constituencies of Aizawl city. Congress had swept the 2008 polls winning 32 out of total 40 seats.