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About 60 per cent votes cast in Bengal till 3-30 p.m.

By HindusthanSamachar | Publish Date: Apr 11 2019 5:03PM
About 60 per cent votes cast in Bengal till 3-30 p.m.
Kolkata,11 April (HS): In spite of some violence here and there, nearly 60 per cent votes were polled in Coochbehar and Alipurduar constituencies in North Bengal till 3-30 p.m.today, leaving the overall situation by and large peaceful in both the districts. Informing this Additional Chief Electoral Officer Sanjay Basu informed here this afternoon that though the Election Commission had so far received nearly 700 complaints from different political parties and individuals since the polling began at 07-00 a.m., they found ''no major abnormality anywhere'' and had taken necessary steps to prevent any major untoward incident. Quoting reports from both the constituencies, Basu said while 58.95 per cent votes were polled in Coochbehar constituency during the past seven hours since the poll began, as many as 58.45 per cent voters in Alipurduar Lok Sabha constituency exercised their franchise during the same period. The total number of electorate in both the constituencies, having a number of tea gardens and tribal areas, was around, six million, the Additonal CEO said. He said though long queues of voters, including many women, were witnessed during the morning hours in front of almost each of the 3844 polling booths in both the constituencies, as the day progressed their number diminished before it surged once again during the late afternoon. He said barring a few incidents of violence and scuffle in some booths in which none was injured, polling was by and large free, fair and peaceful in both the constituencies. Though voting was stalled for sometime in some areas, they were soon resumed following the intervention of EC officials and Security personnel, Basu said.However, in these constituencies, government employees deputed in poll work was demanding central security forces to be present in all constituencies. Hindusthan Samachar/Ankur/Pramod \
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