WB polls witness over 80 % voter turnout in first phase

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Kolkata, April 4 (ANI): Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Gupta on Monday said the poll percentage for the first phase of West Bengal assembly election was 80.92.

“In West Midnapore, the voter turnout till 6 p.m. is 81.66 %, in Purulia, its 80.18 %, while in Bankura, it is 80.59 percent. The overall turnout figure is 80.92 %,” Gupta told the media here.

“We have disposed off 531 complaints. We have six complaints, out of which we got five complaints in the last one hour. We will take report from the field dispose them off. Overall polling process was going on smoothly,” he added.

He further stated that no major complaint has bene received from any constituency.

“We will not let our guard down. We will be on alert till all the security personnel and all the EVMs come back safely to reception centre and are stored inside the strong room,” he said.

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Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Saxena said voting was brisk and peaceful in both Assam and West Bengal, adding that no untoward incident took place.

A village in Purulia district of West Bengal, with a population of over 300, boycotted the Assembly Elections, saying that their needs have never been fulfilled.

The 18 poll-going constituencies in West Bengal include- nine in Purulia, three in Bankura and six in West Midnapore. (ANI)

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