BeyondHeadlines Special Correspondent
Kolkata: Thirty two percent polling has been recorded in the first four hours of voting in 54 constituencies of North Bengal, which went to polls in the first phase of Assembly elections, with no untoward incident reported.
“Polling was 32 percent till 11:00 a.m. There has been no report of any untoward incident so far,” Election Commission office sources said here.
Jalpaiguri District had the highest turnout at 39 percent and North Dinajpur and Coochebhar the lowest with 28 percent each, the sources said.
The turnout in Darjeeling District was 28 percent, Malda recorded 37 percent and South Dinajpur 30 percent, the sources said. The presiding officer of a polling booth in Hariram constituency in South Dinajpur District was removed for speaking with a minister.
“The polling is peaceful,” Sahana said. Intially, there were reports of powercuts in Malda, but the situation was normal now. An electorate of 97.42 lakh will decide the fate of 364 candidates including 11 ministers – Ashok Bhattacharya, Kshiti Goswami, Biswanath Chowdhury, Kironmoy Nanda, Narayan Biswas and Srikumar Mukherjee.
An electorate of 97.42 lakh will decide the fate of 364 candidates including 11 ministers — Ashok Bhattacharya, Kshiti Goswami, Biswanath Chowdhury, Kironmoy Nanda, Narayan Biswas and Srikumar Mukherjee.
Also contesting is Congress leader Debaprasad Roy and Trinamool Congress Darjeeling District president Gautam Deb. The six-phase election will end on May 10.