A polling officer puts indelible ink mark on the finger of a voter at a polling station during the seventh phase of Lok Sabha elections, in Kolkata. (PTI) 

Election Phase 7: Voter Turnout Stands At 61.28% As Of 7 P.M.

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Voter Turnout As Of 7 P.M

61.28 percent of the total voters in the phase had cast their votes as of 7 p.m. West Bengal recorded a 73.40 percent turnout while Jharkhand’s turnout stood at 70.97 percent. So far, Bihar has the least voter participation with a 53.36 percent turnout.

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Election Phase 7: Voter Turnout Stands At 61.28% As Of 7 P.M.

Voter Turnout At 5 P.M

60.12 percent of the total voters in the phase had cast their votes as of 5 p.m. West Bengal recorded a 73.06 percent turnout while Jharkhand’s turnout stood at 70.44 percent. So far, Bihar has the least voter participation with a 51.76 percent turnout.

Election Phase 7: Voter Turnout Stands At 61.28% As Of 7 P.M.

Voter Turnout As Of 3 P.M

The overall voter turnout as of 3 p.m. stood at 52.13 percent, with Jharkhand leading the states going into polls. Here’s the breakup.

Election Phase 7: Voter Turnout Stands At 61.28% As Of 7 P.M.

BJP Wants Central Forces In Bengal Till Model Code Of Conduct Ends

The Bharatiya Janata Party urged the Election Commission to order the presence of central armed police forces in West Bengal till the Model Code of Conduct period ends, as it expressed concern that the state's ruling Trinamool Congrees may target a section of voters after polling is over.

BJP leader and Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters that elections in six of the nine seats, which have undergone elections on Sunday, were marred by violence.

Citing media reports and other feedback, she said BJP candidates have been attacked and accused TMC workers of not letting voters, who are opposed to the Mamata Banerjee-led party, enter polling booths.

The MCC will remain in force till May 27, according to the EC.The counting of votes is due on May 23.

"The Election Commission should take cognisance of it. Since Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been openly talking about revenge, TMC workers have been beating up people and we are afraid that they will start targeting voters after the polls are over. The central armed police forces should be there till the end of the Model Code of Conduct," she said.

Sitharaman was joined by nominated Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta who said, "In West Bengal, the violence unleashed by the TMC as part of its 'badla' strategy won't end." "Central forces must remain in the state as long as the Model Code is in operation till end-May,"

Voter Turnout As Of 1 P.M.

The overall voter turnout as of 1 p.m. stood at 41.29 percent, with Jharkhand leading the states going into polls. Here’s the breakup.

Election Phase 7: Voter Turnout Stands At 61.28% As Of 7 P.M.