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59.5 per cent polling in Assam till 3 pm

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

An estimated 59.5 per cent of the electorate exercised their franchise till 3 pm in five parliamentary constituencies in on Thursday, state Chief Electoral Officer said.

Malfunctioning of EVMs have been reported from some booths in the constituencies and have been replaced but the exact number can be ascertained only after the polling personnel returned with the machines, Sahu told

Tezpur, Kaliabor, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur Lok Sabha constituencies have an electorate of 76,03,458, including 38,65,334 male, 37,37,970 female and 154 of the third gender, who will decide the fate of 41 candidates.

Tezpur has recorded the highest of 63.01 percentage followed by Jorhat with 62 per cent and Kaliabor with 60 per cent while Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur recorded 59.9 and 53 per cent respectively.

There was all-round enthusiasm among all sections of voters in all the five constituencies to exercise their franchise since early morning.

First time voters, women, people with disabilities and elderly citizens came out in large numbers to exercise their franchise and long queues were seen before polling booths through the day.

Most of the 225 model polling stations have been decorated with balloons and flowers, while the first voter was offered the traditional Assamese 'gamusa'.

Arrangements for drinking water, baby feeding rooms and resting place for the elderly have also been made.

In many polling stations, 'Selfie Point' has been set up where voters, both young and old, were seen taking selfies after exercising their franchise.

Among the prominent candidates to cast their votes in the first half of the day was Chief Sarbananda Sonowal at 153 Asam Sahitya Sabha in Dibrugarh, former CM Tarun Gogoi, his wife Gaurav, who is the sitting and contesting candidate from Kaliabor.

Lakhimpur candidate was the first to cast his ballot at an all-woman polling booth, while his BJP rival and sitting exercised his franchise at Dhemaji.

Jorhat BJP candidate and state and his rival Sushanta Borgohain, former Union and Dibrugarh Congress candidate Paban Singh Ghatowar, Kaliabor AGP-BJP candidate accompanied by his also exercised their franchise in their respective home towns.

In Tezpur both Congress candidate M G V K Bhanu and his BJP Das arrived at the famed at the same time to offer prayers before going to the polling station to exercise their franchise.

The duo greeted each other, shook hands and even posed together for photographers before leaving the temple premises for their respective polling booths.

Polling in will take place in three phases on April 11, 18 and 23.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 17:25 IST
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