Uttar Pradesh will vote in the sixth phase of the ongoing Assembly elections 2017 on March 4. A total of, 535 candidates, including 40 from the BSP, 32 from the BJP, 31 from Samajwadi Party, 9 from Congress, 21 from RLD and 5 NCP are in the fray in the seventh phase. The maximum number of candidates are from Varanasi Cantonment seat (24) and the minimum are contesting from Kerakat (6). A total of 1.41 crore voters, including 64.76 lakh females will exercise their franchise in the last phase. As per the orders of the Election Commission, the campaigning for the seventh phase came to a halt on Monday around 5 pm.
In the 7th and last phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017 on March 8 there are 115 candidates with criminal cases in seven districts including Varanasi, Bhadohi, Chandauli, Ghazipur, Jaunpur, Mirzapur, and Sonbhadra. Besides, there are also 132 crorepati candidates in the fray.
The Uttar Pradesh Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) released its report of the 7th phase elections here on Sunday. Releasing the report, Dr Lenin Raghuvanshi said that the self-sworn affidavits of 528 out of 535 candidates have been analysed. According to reports, out of 528 candidates analysed, 115 (22%) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves. Out of the 528 candidates, 132 (25%) are crorepatis.
The seven-phased Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017 began on February 11 and will end on March 8. The first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth phase of polls were held on February 11, 15, 18, 23, 27 and March 4 respectively. The first four phases of the polls witnessed over 60 per cent of voter turnout whereas, the fifth phase recorded a turnout of 57.4 per cent and the sixth recorded 57.03 per cent. The counting of votes in the state will be held on March 11. (For full election coverage CLICK HERE)