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High voter turnout in Assam, WB in first phase

80 percent voter turnout reported from West Bengal, 78.06 percent from Assam

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: Apr 4 2016 11:21AM | Updated Date: Apr 4 2016 8:52PM

High voter turnout in Assam, WB in first phase

At least 80 percent turned out was reported on Monday in the first phase of the Assembly polls in 18 constituencies in the Maoist-affected western districts of West Bengal on Monday.


In Assam, at least 78.06 percent of voters exercised their franchise.


Polling booths opened at 7 a.m. amid tight security in the 18 constituencies -- nine in Purulia district, three in Bankura and six in West Midnapore.


For the first phase of the elections, there are 40,09,171 registered voters and 133 candidates in West Bengal.


There were 4,945 polling stations, out of which 1,962 hadvbeen classified as critical, where special security measures had been taken.


In Assam, 65 constituencies which saw polling pn the day, are mainly located in the tea belt, north of the Brahmaputra river and in the Barak Valley. These include three seats reserved for Dalits and 10 for tribals.


Second and final phase of elections to pick a 126-member assembly will take place on April 11.


A total of 95,11,732 voters decidedfate of 539 candidates in the first phase. There were 12,190 polling stations spread across 17 districts.