Second phase polls: 80.53 per cent turnout in Bengal, 73.03 per cent in Assam

NEW DELHI: Assam recorded a voter turnout of 73.03 per cent on Thursday, while the figure stood at 80.53 per cent for West Bengal in the second phase of assembly polls in the two states.

The Election Commission said these figures were till 5 pm.

The second phase of polls in the two states was held peacefully across 21,212 polling stations spread over 69 assembly constituencies, it said.

“The voter turnout reported by 5 pm from the 39 assembly constituencies of phase 2 in Assam is 73.03 per cent. The poll percentage reported from the 30 assembly constituencies of phase 2 in West Bengal is 80.43 per cent as of 5 pm,” the Commission said in a statement.

It said the “non-functioning rate” of electronic voting machines during the poll is lesser than experienced in last few polls.

It, however, did not explain the total number of machines replaced.

During this phase, a total of 10620 ballot units, and an equal number of control units and VVPATs were used in West Bengal.

In Assam, 10819 ballot units, 10592 control units and as many VVPATs were used.

One control unit, at least one ballot unit and one VVPAT makes up for one EVM.

During the ongoing elections till second phase, a record seizure of Rs.366.09 crore have been made from both the states.

The seizure figure, which includes seizure of cash, liquor, narcotics and freebies, is more than six times higher than the total combined seizure of Rs 60.91 crore in assembly elections of 2016, the statement said.

A total number of 1306 cases of Model Code of Conduct violations were reported through the cVIGIL app from Assam out of which 927 were disposed as of 4.30 pm.

Similarly, 14499 cases were reported from West Bengal with 11630 disposed till 4.30 pm.