The Election Commission (EC) of India has released updated polling figures for Phase 3 of the Lok Sabha Elections 2024, indicating a voter turnout of 65.68%. This figure, announced on Wednesday night, showcases a marginal decline compared to the voter turnout in the third phase of the 2019 elections. Here’s a detailed analysis of the latest voter turnout statistics and related developments.

Updated Voter Turnout Figures

According to the Election Commission, the estimated voter turnout for Phase 3 of the Lok Sabha Elections 2024 stands at 65.68% as of 10 pm on May 8. This represents a slight decrease of 1.65 percentage points compared to the voter turnout recorded during the third phase of polling in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The EC has indicated that these numbers may be subject to further updates.

Comparison with Previous Elections

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the constituencies that voted during Phase 3 registered a turnout of 67.33%. The latest voter turnout figures for Phase 3 of the 2024 elections show a marginal decrease compared to the turnout recorded five years ago.

Phase 3 Voting Details

Phase 3 of the Lok Sabha Elections 2024 encompassed voting in 93 seats across 11 states and a Union Territory on May 7. Following the conclusion of voting on Tuesday, initial reports suggested a voter turnout of 63%. However, this figure was subsequently revised to 64.4% as of 11:40 pm on May 7.

Trends in Voter Turnout

The voter turnout in the first two phases of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections witnessed a decline of 4 and 3 percentage points, respectively, compared to the corresponding phases in 2019. Phase 1 and Phase 2 were conducted on April 19 and April 26, respectively.

Opposition’s Concerns

The delay in releasing final voter turnout figures has raised concerns among opposition parties, particularly those belonging to the INDIA bloc. Leaders from the opposition are scheduled to meet with the Election Commission on May 10 to address their demand for the timely release of absolute voter turnout figures after each phase of polling.

Remaining Phases and Election Schedule

With four phases of the Lok Sabha Elections 2024 remaining, the polling dates are scheduled for May 13, May 20, May 25, and June 1. The announcement of election results is slated for June 4, marking the conclusion of the electoral process.

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