Kolkata: Over 76 % voter turnout was recorded until 5:30 pm throughout polling for the eighth and ultimate part of the West Bengal Assembly elections on Thursday.
The total polling course of has been peaceable thus far barring a couple of stray incidents of violence. Earlier within the day, firecrackers have been set off exterior central Kolkata’s Mahajati Sadan, which have been initially alleged to be crude bombs however the preliminary investigation revealed that banned firecrackers have been set off and never bombs.
The individuals have been seen standing in lengthy queues in entrance of the polling stations proper from the start. The voting, which started at 7 a.m., might be carried out until 6.30 p.m. in over 11,860 polling stations in 35 meeting constituencies unfold over 4 districts.
Over 84.77 lakh voters, together with 41.21 lakh ladies and 158 third gender individuals, will resolve the destiny of 283 candidates, together with 35 ladies, vying for the 35 meeting seats within the ultimate part.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has campaigned aggressively to beat the throne of Kolkata, are contesting for all of the 35 meeting seats.
The Congress, the Left Parties and their alliance accomplice Indian Secular Front are combating beneath the banner of Sanyukta Morcha. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has fielded 24 candidates, Congress – 19, CPI (M) – 10, ISF – 4, AIFB – three and RSP – one whereas there are 87 independents together with 65 others within the fray.
All the mandatory amenities and safety preparations have been made to make sure free and honest polling throughout this part with the Election Commission deploying round 641 firms of the Central Armed Police Forces.
With a view to boost transparency and credibility of the election course of, the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) is getting used together with Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) at each polling station.
Besides, the choice of postal poll facility has been prolonged to the electors, who’re Covid-19 optimistic or suspect as licensed by competent authority and are in residence or institutional quarantine together with these marked as Persons with Disabilities (PwD) and above the age of 80 years.
The polling course of is already over in 257 out of the full 294 Assembly seats within the earlier seven phases. The outcomes might be declared on May 2.