ASSAM recorded a voter turnout of 73.03 per cent with 73.45 lakh voters exercising franchise till 6 pm -- scheduled time for voting process to end -- in 39 seats where polling took place for second phase. Polling was peaceful, with no indication about the popular mood. However, the high voting percentage in Assam does not have an anti-incumbency tinge, contrary to the indication from the neighbouring West Bengal.
The second phase of polling for Assembly elections in the States of West Bengal and Assam began at 7 am on Thursday. Voting for the second and penultimate phase of Assam Assembly elections was temporarily stopped at polling stations at Silchar and Nagaon due to EVM malfunctions. Over 73.44 lakh voters are eligible to cast their votes in the second phase of the elections. Of them, 37,34,537 are male voters and 36,09,959 are female voters, while 135 are third gender voters. The voting will be held on 8,998 polling stations and 556 of them are all-women polling stations. A total of 345 candidates in 39 constituencies across 13 districts are in the fray in this phase of voting. Polling for the third and last phase will be held on April 6 and the counting of votes will take place on May 2.
Congress leader Sushmita Dev, All India United Democratic Front president Badruddin Ajmal and former Minister of State (MoS) for Railways Rajen Gohain were among those who cast their ballot in the second phase of polls. Leaders of the BJP-led alliance and that led by Congress expressed confidence about their victory in the polls. Gohain expressed confidence about BJP winning more than 75 seats in the State. Voting was temporarily stopped at polling stations in Silchar and Nagaon due to malfunctioning of EVMs.