Voters at a polling station in Sikkim
Voters at a polling station in Sikkim|EastMojo image

LS poll voter turnout: 3 NE states find spot in country’s top 5

Tripura, Manipur and Nagaland record 81.8%, 78.2% and 78% polling in first phase of general elections, ranking first, third and fourth on the list, as per data shared by EC

Sandeep Borah

Sandeep Borah

Guwahati: In what can be termed as a major achievement for the Northeast in terms of voter awareness and participation, three of the eight states in the region found a spot in the top five in the country when it came to voter turnout during the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Thursday.

As per a report shared by the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Thursday, Tripura, which went to polls for one of its two Lok sabha seats -- West Tripura -- on Thursday, recorded the highest number of voters to cast their franchise at 81.80%. Tripura was followed by Manipur and Nagaland, with poll percentages of 78.20% and 78%, respectively, making it to the third and fourth spot in the EC voter turnout list.

Overall, West Bengal recorded the second highest voter turnout in the country at 81%.

Meanwhile, the remaining five NE states -- Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Sikkim -- witnessed moderate voter turnout during the first phase of LS elections at 68%, 66%, 67.16%, 60% and 69%, respectively.

Elections for the 14 of the 25 LS seats in the region were held in a peaceful affair. Apart from the elections for the 17th Lok Sabha, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim exercised their franchise to choose their representatives for their respective assemblies.

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