82. 28 % polling recorded in Assam’s third phase polling
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82. 28 % polling recorded in Assam’s third phase polling.
Guwahati: Polling for the third and last phase of Assam legislative
assembly elections came to an end on Tuesday evening, where
electorates recorded 82. 28 % turnout in a largely peaceful electoral
exercise. Fates of 337 candidates including 25 women aspirants in 40
assembly constituencies across 12 districts of western Assam have been
sealed in EVMs.
Voters were seen in queue since early morning hours for exercising
their franchises. The first phase (on 27 March) poling in 47
constituencies recorded 79.97% voters’ turnout and the second one
(on 1 April) in 39 seats showed 80.96% outcome. The result is expected
by 2 May afternoon.
The election machinery put all arrangements for conducting a free,
fair and peaceful poling in 11,401 polling stations, where over 45,600
polling personnel were engaged. According to State’s chief electoral
officer Nitin Khade, over 30,000 central armed forces along State
police personnel were deployed, as altogether 79,19,641 general
electors (among them 39,07,963 females, 139 trans genders and 26,460
service voters) had the opportunity to decide their representatives in
In the backdrop of Covid-19 pandemic, the election authority had taken
all possible precautionary measures have been taken for the safety of
election officials and the voters. Each and every polling station are
sanitized one day prior to polling and facility of thermal scanning,
hand sanitizers, face masks are made available at polling stations.
Assured minimum facilities like drinking water, waiting shed, toilet,
necessary lighting, wheelchairs for needy electors were also made
available for the benefit of voters.
Assam overall has total 2,33,74,087 general electors out of which
1,18,23,286 are males, 1,15,50,403 females and 398 trans genders.
There were 63,074 service voters too. Postal ballot facility was
available for the senior citizens (above 80 years), disabled
individuals, Covis-19 affected or suspected persons and employees in
essential services. Till 3 April, over 25,000 postal ballots were
issued by the election authority.
High profile candidates in the last phase include Bharatiya Janata
Party (BJP) leaders Himanta Biswa Sarma, Ranjeet Kumar Dass,
Siddhartha Bhattacharya, Chandra Mohan Patowary, Atul Bora, Ashok
Kumar Singhi, Narayan Deka, Suman Haripriya, Ashwini Ray Sarkar, etc,
BJP’s ally Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) nominees Phani Bhushan Choudhury,
Ramendra Narayan Kalita, Gunindra Nath Das, Kalpana Patowary, etc.
For the opposition Congress party, Rekibuddin Ahmed, Nandita Das,
Ashima Bordoloi, Mira Borthakur, Wazed Ali Choudhury, Sherman Ali
Ahmed, Abdur Rashid Mandal, Sukur Ali Ahmed, Jakir Hussain Sikdar,
Abul Kalam Rasheed Alam, etc sought votes in respective seats. Its
ally Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) nominated Pramila Rani Brahma,
Chandan Brahma, Majendra Narzary, Charan Boro, Rabiram Narzary,
Kamalshing Narzary, Prabin Boro and AIUDF had Hafiz Bashir Ahmed,
Nazrul Haque, Nizanur Rahman, etc in the fray.