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62% voter turnout in West Bengal till 1 p.m.

PTI Kolkata | Updated on March 12, 2018 Published on May 07, 2014

Nearly 62 per cent votes were cast till 1 p.m. in West Bengal, where polling is underway in six Lok Sabha constituencies in the fourth of the five-phase election in the state to decide the fate of 72 candidates.

“On an average, 61.6 per cent of the total 88,77,071 voters have cast their votes in the first six hours of polling in the six constituencies of Jhargram, Midnapore, Purulia, Bankura, Bishnupur and Asansol,” officer on special duty in chief electoral officer’s department Amit Roy Chowdhury said here.

Barring replacement of 17 EVMs during mock polling and thereafter due to malfunctioning in a number of booths, voting was peaceful except for some stray incidents, Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Gupta said.

“We have not yet received report of any major incident regarding disruption of law and order or complaint of booth jamming or violation of the model code of conduct,” he said.

In a major move, the Election Commission has stepped up security arrangements for Jangalmahal, formerly a stronghold area of the Maoists, with the deployment of adequate central forces in and around the polling stations.

“Standard Operating Procedure of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is being followed strictly for the entire fourth phase with priority to the left-wing extremist areas,” Gupta said.

Arrangements have been made for Web casting and live monitoring of sensitive areas where tight security has been provided by central forces.

The number of security personnel deployed for the polls this time is more than double as in the 2011 Assembly election in the state, he said.

Published on May 07, 2014
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