More than 77% of the total 73,44,631 voters exercised their franchise in the second phase of polling in Assam on April 1, election officials said. They added that no untoward incident was reported from the 39 assembly constituencies that went to polls.
“The turnout of the electorate was 77.21 per cent. The percentage will increase a bit after the final compilation of reports from all the returning officers,” election officials said, adding that no incident of violence was reported so far from the 13 districts where the voting was peacefully.
In a few polling stations, voting was halted for some time due to technical snags in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), which were soon rectified.
Voters queued up in front of the polling stations in large numbers well before the voting began at 7 am. Polling time was increased by an hour till 6 pm by the Election Commission in view of the COVID-19 situation.
According to Chief Electoral Officer of Assam, Nitin Khade, 73,44,631 voters, including 36,09,959 women, were eligible to cast their votes across 10,592 polling stations in the second phase that will decide the fate of candidates in 39 assembly constituencies. As many as 556 polling stations were being managed by women officials.