WEST Bengal recorded 79.09 per cent voter turnout till 5 pm in 43 seats where polling is underway in sixth phase of Assembly elections, an EC official said. Long queues were seen outside most polling booths with security personnel asking everyone to adhere to COVID-19 safety protocols amid the surge in the pandemic everywhere, the official said. Sporadic incidents of violence were reported on Thursday from various parts of West Bengal where voting is underway for the sixth phase of Assembly elections, officials said. Elections, which began at 7 am, are being held in 43 Assembly seats -- 17 in North 24 Parganas district, nine each in Nadia and Uttar Dinajpur, and eight in Purba Bardhaman.
Among the four districts, Nadia recorded the highest voter turnout of 82.70 per cent till 5 pm. Constituency-wise, Tehatta in the Nadia district recorded the highest voting turnout of 84.84 per cent followed by Chapra with 84.71 per cent. Barrackpore constituency in North24 Parganas witnessed the lowest voter turnout with 67 per cent. As many as 306 candidates, including 27 women, are in the fray in this phase of the assembly elections.
Over 1.03 crore voters, including 50.65 lakh women and 256 of the third gender, will be deciding the fate of these candidates across 14,480 polling stations in the sixth phase. Among the 43 constituencies, nine are in Uttar Dinajpur, eight in Purba Bardhaman, nine in Nadia and 17 are in the North 24 Parganas district. TMC and BJP are contesting all 43 seats. Congress, the Left parties and the Indian Secular Front have made a coalition and are contesting under the banner of Samyukta Morcha.