Mumbai, April 17:
Voters queued up early to vote at thousands of polling booths across 19 Lok Sabha constituencies at the start of polling here on Thursday, officials said.
A large number of voters, including youth, were seen trooping down to the nearest polling stations to take advantage of the cool morning hours and exercise their franchise.
According to election officials, an average of between 8-12 percent voting was recorded till 9 a.m.
Among the early voters were candidates like Sushilkumar Shinde, Gopinath Munde, Ashok Chavan, Supriya Pawar-Sule, Udayanraje Bhosale and others who came with their families to cast their votes.
Around 3.25 crore voters will decide the fate of 358 candidates in the fray, including 24 women and 201 independents at 36,879 polling stations today.
The first phase of elections with 62.37 percent turnout was held in Vidarbha region’s 10 constituencies April 10, the third and final phase is scheduled for 19 remaining (of the total 48 Lok Sabha seats in the state) constituencies April 24.
The constituencies where polling is being held Thursday are Ahmednagar, Baramati, Beed, Hathkanangle, Hingoli, Kolhapur, Latur (SC), Madha, Maval, Nanded, Osmanabad, Parbhani, Pune, Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg, Shirur, Shirdi (SC), Solapur (SC), Sangli and Satara.
Six of these are in the dry plains of Marathwada, 12 in hilly, cool western Maharashtra while one, Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg, isin the coastal Konkan region.
The largest constituency in terms of electorate is Maval with a whopping 1,946,127 voters while the smallest is Ratnagiri-Sindhudurg with 1,363,956 voters.