West Bengal election LIVE updates: Of the 35 seats voting on Thursday, six are in Malda, eleven in Birbhum, eleven in Murshidabad, and 7 in Kolkata
West Bengal election 2021 LATEST Updates: In the eighth and the final section of Assembly polls in West Bengal, 35 constituencies throughout 4 districts are voting on Thursday. Among these, six are in Malda, eleven in Birbhum, eleven in Murshidabad, and 7 in Kolkata.
The state, the place elections started on 27 March, accomplished its seventh section of polling on 26 April.
A complete of 283 candidates are within the fray for the 35 seats in Bengal Assembly elections the place safety measures have been heightened in view of the violence within the earlier phases, notably the dying of 5 folks in Cooch Behar within the fourth spherical of polling on 10 April, an Election Commission official stated.
The ballot panel has determined to deploy at the very least 641 firms of central forces, together with 224 in Birbhum district, within the eighth section to make sure free and honest voting, he stated. Voting will probably be held at 11,860 polling stations unfold over 11 Assembly constituencies every in Murshidabad and Birbhum, six in Malda and 7 in Kolkata.
The counting of votes is on 2 May.
Polling will even enter its closing section in panchayat Uttar Pradesh the place the fourth and closing section of the Uttar Pradesh panchayat elections is being held amid a raging second wave of COVID-19 .
Meanwhile, the ballot panel has positioned Trinamool Congress Birbhum district president Anubrata Mondal below strict surveillance until Friday 7 am, because the chief electoral officer within the state has obtained “several complaints againsthim”, the official stated.
Two TMC ministers – Shashi Panja and Sadhan Pandey – are contesting from Shyampukur and Maniktala seats in north Kolkata respectively.
Three-cornered contests are anticipated in most of the 17 constituencies in Malda and Murshidabad districts the place the Left-Congress-ISF mix has a stronghold other than the TMC and the BJP.
The ballot panel will even put in place measures to make sure strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols throughout the voting course of, the official stated. West Bengal on Wednesday logged 17,207 contemporary COVID-19 circumstances, the highest-single day spike recorded within the state up to now, pushing the tally to 7,93,552, a bulletin issued by the well being division stated.
The dying toll climbed to 11,159 with 77 extra fatalities which can also be the utmost depend throughout a day, itsaid.
Campaigning for the eighth and closing section has been a low-key affair, following curbs imposed by the EC within the wake of the second wave of COVID-19 circumstances within the state.
The EC has banned roadshows and car rallies within the state and famous that the COVID security norms have been being flouted in West Bengal throughout campaigning. It additionally disallowed any public assembly with greater than500 folks.
Leaders of political events selected both the virtualplatform or small street-corner conferences for campaigning, which ended on 26 April night.
UP Panchyat polls
Over 5.27 lakh candidates are within the fray for greater than 2.10 lakh seats throughout 17 districts within the closing spherical of the panchayat election in Uttar Pradesh.
More than 2.98 crore voters will probably be casting their votes within the fourth and final section of the polls which will probably be held from 7 am to six pm, officers stated.
The polling is scheduled within the districts of Ambedkar Nagar, Aligarh, Kushinagar, Kaushambi, Ghazipur, Farrukhabad, Bulandshahr, Basti, Bahraich, Banda, Mau, Mathura, Shahjahanpur, Sambhal, Sitapur, Sonbhadra and Hapur, the State Election Commission (SEC) stated.
According to the ballot physique, there are 10,679 candidates within the fray for 738 posts of zila panchayat members within the closing section. A complete of 55,408 candidates are contesting for 18,356 posts of kshetra panchayat members.
While 1,14,400 candidates are within the fray for posts of gram panchayat members, 3,47,436 contestants are combating for 1,77,648 posts in gram panchayat wards, it stated.
The candidates will contest on ‘free symbols’ given by the State Election Commission.
With inputs from PTI