Close to 60% polling in Assam till 3 pm

Close to 60% polling in Assam till 3 pm

Agency News

Guwahati, Apr 11 : Close to 60% voting percentage was recorded with two hours left for end of voting in the five Lok Sabha constituencies in Assam where polling is being held in the first phase today.

ECI sources here said 59.46% voter turnout has been registered till 1500 hours.

Polling began at 0700 hours this morning and will end at 1700 hours.

Tezpur, Kaliabor and Jorhat constituencies have recorded more than 60% voting till 1500 hours, while in Dibrugarh it was 59% and in Lakhimpur 53%.

No untoward incident has been reported yet.

Problems with EVM functioning have been reported in local media in different places, with polling reportedly cancelled at one polling station in Dhemaji district, under Lakhimpur constituency, due to EVM malfunction.

ECI officials here said the final figures of malfunctioning or replacement of EVMs will be compiled and made available after close of voting.

Altogether 41 candidates, including two women, are in fray for Lakhimpur, Tezpur, Kaliabor, Jorhat and Dibrugarh seats, spread in the eastern and northern parts of the state.

Polling is being conducted at 9574 polling stations, which include 201 all-women polling stations and 225 model polling stations.

Altogether 180 companies of security forces have been deployed, and minimum one constable attached to every polling station.

As many as 42,126 polling personnel have been engaged for first phase poll and 614 micro observers appointed.

Total of 151 flying squads are keeping vigil, along with 137 static surveillance teams and 118 video surveillance teams.

The total electorate strength is 7603458, of which 3737970 are female and 154 are of third gender.

The BJP had won four of the seats in 2014 General Elections, while one was bagged by Congress. (UNI)