The State Election Commission (SEC) said the polling percentage was 73 at the end of voting, though the numbers would go up since 4.5 lakh voters were still queued up across the state.
Three deaths were reported from Murshidabad, while two were killed in East Midnapore's Nandigram. Two persons lost their lives in Nadia and North Dinajpur districts.
However, Director General of Police Surajit Kar Purkayastha said that the death toll and violence was "far lesser than in the past".
More than 60,000 armed personnel from West Bengal and neighbouring states were deployed for the panchayat polls. As many as 80,000 civic volunteers were also deployed to guard the polling centres.
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