UP polls: Voting in second phase begins

The second round of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, whose outcome is bound to affect national politics, is taking place on Saturday, involving 1.97 crore voters in 59 constituencies.


With campaigning for the second of seven rounds ending on Thursday evening, the Election Commission gave finishing touches to the arrangements for the 10-hour balloting.


The voters will decide the fate of 1,098 candidates in the second round. The staggered polling began February 8.


Fifty-nine of the state's 403 assembly constituencies will go to the polls, against 55 in the first phase.


Saturday's constituencies are spread across nine districts - Azamgarh, Gorakhpur, Ballia, Ghazipur, Maharajganj, Deoria, Mau, Sant Kabir Nagar and Kushinagar. Most of them are located along the Bihar border.


A high 62 per cent voted Feb 8 on the first day of the crucial battle for Uttar Pradesh involving primarily four actors - the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party, Samajwadi Party, Bharatiya Janata Party and Congress.


Saturday will see 20,426 polling stations and some 20,800 electronic voting machines (EVM).

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