Over 70 pc turnout in second phase of Assam polls

An estimated 70.35 per cent turnout was recorded on the second and final phase of Assam assembly covering 64 constituencies, the Election Commission said here on Monday. The turnout was recorded as on 3pm and the figure would go up, said Deputy Election Commissioner Alok Shukla. He said barring one or two incidents, the polling was by and large peaceful.

Shukla said there were clashes between voters and Central security forces at four polling stations. The clashes occured when the security forces tried to streamline the queues and the voters misbehaved with the forces. This led to

lathicharge, he said. As a result of this, polling could not continue in these polling stations, he said. Polling was vitiated in another polling station when some persons forcibly entered and cast 11 votes, Shukla said.

While there were clashes in one or two polling stations, polling parties were changed in three places following allegations of bias, he said, adding polling was boycotted in two places. Shukla said 73.03 per cent polling was recorded during the first phase of polling held on April 4 covering 62 constituencies.

Assam polls: Over 70 pc turnout in second phase

Among the prominent candidates in the fray were former chief minister Prafulla Kumar Mahanta, Revenue Minister Bhumidhar Barman, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarmah, Forest and Tourism Minister Rockybul Hussain, Transport Minister Chandan Brahma, Agriculture Minister Pramila Rani Brahma and AGP president Chandramohan Patowary. The total number of voters in this phase was 96,77,113 and polling was held in 14 central and lower Assam districts.

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