An estimated 55.44 per cent of voters cast their ballots in the Cooch Behar (SC) constituency, while 56.45 per cent polling was recorded in the Alipurduar (ST) seat, till 1 pm, a senior official of the Election Commission said.
A total of 34,51,883 electorate in the two constituencies will decide the fate of 18 candidates.
Trinamool Congress leader and North Bengal Development Minister Rabindranath Ghosh, however, alleged that in several booths, EVMs are malfunctioning.
Ghosh claimed that it could be part of a conspiracy to manipulate votes.
"I have never seen such an election process ever in my life. Jut within two hours, there were so many EVMs which have been malfunctioning. It can be a part of a conspiracy. I have been calling the observers and nobody is picking up my calls," Ghosh told PTI.
Basu said the EC would look into the matter.
Alipurduar is a reserved constituency for Scheduled Tribes, as it has a large population of adivasis who migrated to the region during the British era to work in tea gardens.
Around 50 per cent of the polling stations in the two Lok Sabha constituencies are under the watch of paramilitary personnel, besides an adequate number of state forces, to ensure a free and fair elections.
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