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Last lap: 84% in Bengal Red zone

Despite fears of Maoist attacks, Tuesday’s poll turnout at about 84% in 14 constituencies spread over three Maoist-affected districts of West Bengal was in step with the overall record percentage of 85% seen in previous phases. HT reports.

india Updated: May 11, 2011 00:54 IST

Despite fears of Maoist attacks, Tuesday’s poll turnout at about 84% in 14 constituencies spread over three Maoist-affected districts of West Bengal was in step with the overall record percentage of 85% seen in previous phases.

From 75% in 2001, voter turnout increased to 82% in 2006. The lowest — 55.5% — was recorded in 1962.

Steps taken by the Election Commission since January 2011 — sending observers, vulnerability mapping, unprecedented security arrangements and confidence-building measures — boosted the morale of the voter.

A satisfied chief election commissioner, SY Quraishi, congratulated state chief electoral officer Sunil Gupta on this performance.