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‘Smooth’ sail: Phase 4 of Bengal assembly polls records 78.05% turnout

The 49 assembly constituencies in West Bengal that went to polls on Monday in phase 4 of assembly elections recorded 78.05% voter turnout with the EC saying it was a “smooth” affair.

assembly elections Updated: Apr 27, 2016 20:43 IST
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An elderly couple, after casting votes at a polling station in the 4th phase of West Bengal assembly elections in Howrah.(PTI Photo)

The 49 assembly constituencies in West Bengal that went to polls on Monday in phase 4 of assembly elections recorded 78.05% voter turnout with the Election Commission saying that it was a “smooth” affair.

Deputy election commissioner in-charge of West Bengal, Sandeep Saxena, told a press conference in New Delhi that the figure of 78.05% was based on text messages sent by poll officers to the commission at 5pm “and the percentage is likely to go up when the final figures arrive”.

Responding to questions on violence, he said elections went “smoothly” barring “sporadic” incidents of violence.

He said that FIRs have been lodged in all the cases and “raids were still on” to nab culprits.

18 people have been held so far, Saxena said.

Saxena said the turnout in these constituencies was 83.81% in 2011 assembly pollsand 81.49% in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Since the polling in this phase involved islands, 72 riverine patrols were pressed into service and poll observers witnessed how they worked.

Child beaten up

A three-and-a-half-year-old girl and her family members were beaten up allegedly by masked men who were trying to deter them from voting in the fourth phase of West Bengal assembly polls.

The incident happened on Sunday night in North 24 Parganas’ Halisahar, which comes under Bijpur -- one of the 49 constituencies that went to the polls on Monday.

“Several masked men barged into the house armed with sticks and attacked us. When I tried to intervene, they abused me and assaulted me warning all of us not to vote. They did not even spare my daughter,” said the mother.