New Delhi: The results of the four phases of Uttar Pradesh elections might surprise the candidates of the major parties whose political fortunes are at stake. The addition of 30-35 lakh new voters to the list this year might disturb the poll calculations of the parties based on last year’s figures.

It is expected that the trend of high poll turnout might continue in the remaining three phases also.

The poll percentage of the fourth phase elections held on Sunday indicates that there has been 25 percent increase in the votes at Rae Bareli and Amethi, which are considered to be the bastions of Nehru-Gandhi family. Similar is the case of the Bundelkhand region for which the Centre has released huge package meant for its development.

In the 2007 assembly elections, poll turnout was 44 percent which has reached 55 percent this year. On Sunday, more than 1.74 crore voters sealed the fate of 967 candidates in the polling which took place in Hardoi, Unnao, Lucknow, Rae Bareli, Farukkhabad, Kannauj, Banda, Chitrakoot, Fatehpur, Pratapgarh and CSM Nagar which includes Amethi.
In the first phase of polling held on February 8 in 55 constituencies in 10 districts around 63 percent turnout had been recorded. A total of 103.3 lakh voters casted the votes.

Interestingly in 2007, a total of 72.67 lakh voters participated in polling in these constituencies where about 31 lakh more voters exercised their frenchise this time.

Meanwhile the voting percentage in the second phase election held on February 11 for 59 seats spread over nine districts was 59 percent. In comparison with last year there has been 35 percent increase in the voting as far as the number of voters is concerned. In the third phase, 101.5 lakh voter turnout was registered which saw an increase of 32 lakh votes in comparison with total number of voters casted their votes in 2007.

(JPN/ Bureau)