Assam sees 80.05% voter turnout in second phase of LS elections

Assam sees 80.05% voter turnout in second phase of LS elections

Mrinmoyee Hazarika | April 20, 2019 13:04 hrs

GUWAHATI: Assam has recorded an average of 80.05% voter turnout across five LS constituencies that went to polls in the second phase of the ongoing general election.

The result includes data from Karimganj, Autonomous Districts, Mangaldoi, Silchar and Nowgong LS constituencies.

In the second phase of polling that took place on 18th April, an average of 73.32% voter turnout was recorded till 5 pm across the five constituencies.

However, in contrast to the latest outcome, the state witnessed 78.23% turnout in the first phase of polling that included five LS constituencies, Kaliabor, Tezpur, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, and Lakhimpur.

Among the five constituencies, Mangaldoi recorded the highest turnout of voters with 83.60%, followed by Nowgong with 83.24%.

Silchar witnessed 79.37% voter turnout, while Autonomous Districts and Karimganj registered 77.47% and 73.15% voter turnout, respectively.

For the second phase, a total of 8,992 booths had been set up across the constituencies to decide the fate of 50 candidates.

Candidates like BJP’s Kripanath Mallah, Rajdeep Roy had locked horns with Congress heavyweights Sushmita Dev and Bhubaneswar Kalita, among others, in the second phase of the election.

In addition, the polling witnessed a few incidences of EVM malfunctioning and sporadic violence in some parts of the constituencies.

Following reports of EVM malfunctioning at some booths, the Election Commission initially replaced around 120 VVPATS. The Commission also reportedly changed 20 sets of control and ballot units during the main polling.

Hailakandi district, which comes under Karimganj LS constituency, reportedly recorded an incident where a mob from two rival political parties tried to capture a polling booth.

The attempt was then thwarted by the security personnel present at the booth.

Furthermore, re-polling was carried out at polling station number 165 at Dhemaji Town High School (EW), which falls under 14-Lakhimpur and went to poll in the first phase on 11th April, as a result of non-erasing of the mock poll data.

Among the total electorate of 69,10,592 who participated in the second phase of polling, there were 35,54,460 male, 33,55,952 women and 180 of the third gender.

In the last general election held in 2014, Assam saw 76.45% voter turnout in the second phase of polling that included only three constituencies, Karimganj, Silchar and Autonomous District.

Out of the 22,29,402 voters who took part in the second phase of 2014 LS election, 11,90,374 were male and 10,39,028 were female.

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