Nearly 80% Voter Turnout In West Bengal, Over 72% In Assam: Election Commission
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Nearly 80% Voter Turnout In West Bengal, Over 72% In Assam: Election Commission

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Voter turnout of 79.79% was recorded in West Bengal and 72.14% in Assam till 5 P.M. on Saturday in the first phase of assembly elections in these states, the Election Commission said.

Voting was held in 30 assembly constituencies in West Bengal and 47 seats in Assam in this phase with a total of 21,825 polling stations.

During the polls, 10,288 each of Ballot Units, Control Units and VVPATs were used in West Bengal and 11,537 each of BUs, CUs and 37 VVPATs were used in Assam. One control unit, on VVPAT and at least one ballot unit make an EVM.

"Non-functioning rate during the poll is lesser than experienced in last few polls," an EC statement said without elaborating.

On Saturday, a total of 167 cases of Model Code of Conduct violations were reported through the cVIGIL app from West Bengal out of which 111 were disposed off by 4.30 p.m.

Similarly, 582 cases were reported from Assam with 423 disposed off till 4.30 p.m.

From the date of notification of the election till the first phase of voting, a record seizure of Rs 281.28 crore has been made in these states.

The seizure figure, which includes cash, liquor, narcotics and freebies, is more than four times higher than the total combined seizure of Rs 60.91 crore in assembly polls of 2016.

The poll panel said it had laid great emphasis on ensuring transparent and vigilant mechanisms for conducting elections that are free of inducement and intimidation.

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