Assam recorded over 77 per cent voting in the first phase of elections held in 47 of the 126 assembly constituencies on March 27, officials said.
“The turnout of voters is estimated at over 77 per cent. The percentage may increase a bit after the final compilation of reports from all the returning officers,” a senior election official was quoted as saying by the media on March 27 night.
No major incidents were reported so far from any of the poll-bound assembly segments except some electronic voting machine (EVM) glitches in some polling stations.
In the first phase of polling, the fate of 264 candidates were sealed in the EVM boxes for the 47 assembly constituencies on March 27.
Voting took place for the 47 seats of the Assam assembly seats across 12 districts of eastern Assam in the first phase. Voting began at 7 am maintaining COVID-19 protocol.
According to the Election Commission, 81,09,815 voters including 40,77,210 males and 40,32,481 females were eligible to cast their votes at 11,537 polling stations in the first phase.
The fate of some of the important politicians got sealed in the ballot box including chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal who is contesting from Majuli.
Assam Congress president Ripun Bora is fighting from Gohpur. Congress legislature party leader Debabrata Saikia is contesting from Nazira while jailed farmers’ rights activist and president of newly-formed Raijor Dal Akhil Gogoi is in the fray from Sivasagar.
The second phase of polling in Assam will be on April 1.