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West Bengal Assembly polls: 84.24% voting recorded till 5pm

News Agencies | Updated on: 5 May 2016, 19:32 IST

84.24% voting was recorded till 5 pm in the sixth and final phase of West Bengal assembly elections, while the figure was 74.15% till 3 pm, 61.88%, 45.88% and 23.46% till 1 pm, 11 am and 9 am respectively.

Earlier in the morning, voting commenced amid tight security. Under this phase, 25 seats including 16 in Purba Medinipur and nine in Coochbehar districts will go to polls.

In all, 67 candidates are in the fray for nine seats in Coochbehar, 12 of them independents.

In Purba Medinipur, a total of 103 candidates are vying for 16 seats including 12 independents.

In today's polling, over 58 lakh voters will decide the political future of 170 candidates, including 18 women. 6,774 polling stations have been setup for the purpose.

The voters include over 9,500 new Indian citizens who have been enrolled in five constituencies in Coochbehar for the first time ever. They are the residents of 51 former Indo-Bangladesh enclaves, locally known as Sabeki Chheetmahal.

The Election Commission has arranged strict security measures for the final day of voting. In all, 361 companies of the central security forces have been deployed in both the districts.

In Purba Medinipur 7,500 State Police personnel and in Coochbehar 4,500 policemen have been deployed to assist the Central forces.

At a primary school polling station at Shankarpur in Purba Medinipur, the search parties earlier recovered a bag full of country-made bombs causing tension in the area.

The Commission has decided to deploy 76 flying squads, 93 RT mobile teams and 28 mobile camera vans to ensure free and fair polls in both the districts.


First published: 5 May 2016, 8:50 IST