UP third phase poll registers 42% voting

Lucknow: Forty-two percent voting has been recorded in the first six hours of polling in the third phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections on Sunday, the Election Commission (EC) officials said.As of 1 p.m., 43 per cent voting was reported from Sitapur, 32 percent from Kanpur city, 44 percent from Kannauj, 30 per cent in Auraiyya, 41 per cent in Kanpur rural and 38 percent in Unnao districts.Lucknow district continued to lag behind in voting trend as only 35 percent balloting was recorded. The EC officials said it was probably because the polling coincided with a Sunday, but the expressed hope that voting will pick up by late afternoon and better the past percentage of 59 per cent.A total of 2.41 crore voters will decide the fate of 826 candidates in the third phase of polling for 69 assembly seats from 12 districts.There are 16,671 polling centres and 25,603 polling stations in this phase.IANS