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IED detected in Assam, 10 pc turnout till 9 am

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

An estimated 10.2 per cent voters on Thurday exercised their franchise in the first two hours of polling in five parliamentary constituencies in Assam, amid reports of EVM glitches in a few booths and an IED being detected at an oil pipeline, officials said.

The Tezpur, Kaliabor, Jorhat, 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.

An IED has been detected at an passing through a tea garden at Duliajan under district, and security forces have rushed to the spot, a said.

There are reports of EVM glitches in a few booths under Lakhimpur and Kaliabor constituencies, delaying the beginning of polls, an said, adding, district election offices are looking into the matter.

Voters, majority being women, queued up since early morning even before polling began at 7 am, and a general atmosphere of enthusiasm is prevailing in most of the booths of Tezpur, Kaliabor, Jorhat, and Lakhimpur.

Security has been tightened in all the 9,574 polling booths and there are no reports of any untoward incident from anywhere so far, police said.

Prominent personalities to exercise their franchise in the early hours were former Tarun Gogoi, accompanied by his wife Gaurav Gogoi, who is the sitting and candidate from Kaliabor constituency.

The trio exercised their franchise at Devicharan Girls' High School at Jorhat.

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

Polling in will take place in three phases on April 11, 18 and 23, while the counting of votes will be on May 23.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 10:15 IST