West Bengal Polls: Close to 80 per cent voter turnout in the first phase

March 27, 2021 | Updated 6:56 pm

West Bengal Polls: Close to 80 per cent voter turnout in the first phase Representative Image (Picture Courtesy: Pexels and ECI)

New Delhi: The first phase of West Bengal assembly polls that began at 7 am on March 27 has recorded 79.79 per cent voter turnout. Among the districts in West Bengal, Paschim Medinipur had the highest voter turnout till 3 pm.

Constituencies in Purulia, Jhargram and segments of Bankura, Purba Medinipur and Paschim Medinipur voted on March 27 to determine the electoral destiny of 191 candidates, which also includes 21 female candidates.

During the first phase, a total of 73,80,942 electorates exercised their constitutional right –  including 7,52,938 male voters, 36,27,949 female voters, 55 of the third gender and 11,767 service electors.

The Election Commission of India (ECI) had built 10,288 polling stations, of which 2,059 are auxiliary and 8,229 are the main. Furthermore, 21 general observers, nine expenditure observers and seven police observers have also been appointed by the commission.

The fight between BJP, Congress and Trinamool Congress has intensified for the Assembly polls. West Bengal will undergo Assembly polls in eight phases starting from March 27, 2021, to April 29, 2021, as per the Election Commission’s announcement on February 26. The elections will be held for 294 assembly seats in eight phases as the term of the West Bengal assembly is coming to an end in May. The counting will take place on May 2, 2021.

Meanwhile, the Assam Assembly poll is also being held in three phases. the first phase of polling began on Saturday; the second phase of polling will be held on April 1 and the last and third phase of polling – April 6, according to Chief Election Commission.

(With ANI inputs)