GUWAHATI, April 11 - Barring a few incidents of violence, including the death of a person after he was beaten up by CRPF personnel in Barpeta district, the second phase of polling remained by and large peaceful today. People participated in the poll process in large numbers with a lot of enthusiasm since early in the morning.
Our correspondents adds:
Mangaldai: Along with the 61 Assembly constituencies of the state, election was held peacefully in four constituencies, namely, Kalaigaon, Sipajhar, Mangaldai (SC) and Dalgaon under Darrang election district.
Barring some incidents of EVM replacements in a few polling stations including No.72 Gabhora ME school and No.73 Bheruadol LP school due to technical reasons, no untoward incident has been reported till late this evening.
According to the District Information and Public Relation officer, Darrang Samar Kalita till the scheduled time 5 pm of the polling, the district recorded an average poll percentage of 82.5 with an increase of more than 3% to that of the average polling record of 2011 Assembly election.
The Sipajhar LAC which earlier recorded the lowest 75.73% polling in the last Assembly poll recorded the highest poll percentage of 84 , followed by 83 in Mangaldai , 82 in Kalaigaon and 81 in religious minority dominated Dalgaon LAC. However, this figure is likely to increase after the final compilation of poll records of all the polling stations as reportedly polling could not be completed even after the schedule time as electorates were still standing in queues.
KOKRAJHAR: The second phase of polling passed off peacefully in Kokrajhar today. More than 83 per cent voter turnout was recorded in Kokrajhar election district and more than 80 per cent voter turnout was recorded in Gossaigaon election district.
There are two Assembly constituencies, namely, Kokrajhar West and Gossaigaon LAC in Gossaigaon election district and Kokrajhar East is the only seat of Kokrajhar election district.
�Till now we have received the record of 83 per cent turnout in the Kokrajhar East LAC. The exact percentage of polling will go up as we are yet to receive some records,� said Madhab Prasad Sharma, Returning Officer of Kokrajhar East LAC and the Deputy Commissioner of Kokrajhar.
According to sources, Gossaigaon LAC registered more than 77 per cent polling while Kokrajhar West LAC registered 83 per cent till the filing of this report. The exact percentage of polling will go up as some records are yet to be received, the sources said.
Due to interruption in the poll process, there may be re-poll at Kachugaon ME School in Gossaigaon constituency under Gossaigaon civil subdivision in Kokrajhar, sources said.
BPF supremo Hagrama Mohilary cast his vote at Debargaon School along with his wife this morning.
Bongaigaon: Over 82 per cent voters in Bongaigaon Assembly constituency cast their ballots to determine the fate of seven candidates today. Polling was peaceful in all the 222 polling stations in the constituency.
Technical fault in EVMs in some polling stations had delayed the polling in the morning. In most of the polling centres, voters did not get drinking water supply and had to stand in queues under the open sky.
Some party workers tried to influence voters in some of the polling centres in the town, which exhibits weak monitoring on the part of the election authority.
In Abhayapuri North seat, the polling percentage was 76 while in Abhayapuri south it was 80.
In Bijni seat, the polling percentage was 85 and in Sidli seat it was over 80 per cent. Both the seats fall under Chirang district.
NALBARI: The Nalbari district, which has three Assembly segments, recorded 73.23 per cent polling today. The Barkshetri LAC recorded the highest turnout of 87.7 per cent while Nalbari recorded 86 per cent and Dharmapur recorded 81.1 per cent. No polling-related untoward incident has been reported till the filing of this report. In Nalbari municipal area, it was seen that the women were more enthusiastic in casting their votes. The women were seen standing in queues in front of polling stations from early in the morning. The same scenes were also witnessed in the rural areas.
The polling was brisk in the morning hours as the people came out in large numbers to cast their votes. An EVM was replaced at MNC Balika Vidyapith due to a technical fault.
RAHA: The polling in no. 82 Raha LAC (SC reserved) passed off peacefully except an incident of malfunctioning of EVM at no. 104 Sial Bhangi LP School, Sial Bhangi. Brisk polling was witnessed this morning at several polling stations at Raha and its outskirts. The polling started as usual in all the 201 polling stations but the defect detected in EVM in no. 104 polling station, disrupted polling for half-an-hour. But after removal of the technical problem, polling passed off peacefully.
According to official sources, 80 % polling was reported in Raha LAC in which many of young men and women exercised their franchise.
BARPETA: More than 79% electorates exercised their franchise till the penultimate hours of polling in all the six Assembly segments in Barpeta election district. According to official sources, an estimated 7,84,000 voters out of 9,93,065 have cast their votes till 5 pm today. The percentage is likely to increase as long queues were seen in front of several polling stations till the filing of this report.
The constituency-wise break up of polling percentage is 76% in Sarbhog, 79% in Barpeta, 80.5% in Jania, 79% in Baghbar, 78% in Sarukshetri and 81% in 47 Chenga Assembly constituency.
Goalpara: Heavy voter turnout of around 90 per cent was reported from all the four LACs in the district and the fate of all the 44 candidates of these LACs are now sealed in the EVMs.
The polling began on a brisk note in all the 788 polling stations in the morning hours. Even though there was slow but steady turnout during the day time, it gradually picked up the pace as the day progressed and as per the latest reports available 36-Dudhnoi (ST) recorded 87.31%, 37-Goalpara (East) 86.53 %, 38-Goalpara (west) 91.49% and Jaleswar 93.20%.
Talking to this correspondent, the DEO also the Deputy Commissioner JVN Subramanyam said that the final polling percentage is expected to cross 90%. He thanked all the people and officials for free and peaceful polls without any interruptions in the district. He also informed that a total of 13 EVMs and 12 VVPATs with defects were changed immediately without halting or disrupting the poll process. The meeting to scrutinize the diaries of the polling officers by the observer will take place tomorrow.
MORIGAON: The Deputy Commissioner, Morigaon, Rakesh Kumar told this correspondent that at 5.30 pm while 85.91% polling was recorded at Jagiroad , in Morigaon 82.40% and in Lahorighat it was 85%. However, the DC said that the poll percentage may go up as voters were still casting their votes. The polling was by and large peaceful.
RANGIYA: With nearly 84 percentage of polling at 200 different polling stations of 57 Rangiya LAC, the overall election process was peaceful with no reports of any untoward incident till the filing of this report. Participation of voters from all sections, particularly youths and women, were seen in almost all the booths of the LAC.
It needs mention here that out total 1,68,596 voters of the LAC, 88,375 are males while 80,221 are females.
GAURIPUR: The second phase of elections passed off peacefully in all the three constituencies of Dhubri sub-division namely 23 Dhubri, 24 Gauripur and 25 Golakganj. The overall percentage of polling recorded is more than 80 per cent. Poll percentage in 23 Dhubri stands at 82, 24 Gauripur 85 and 25-Golakganj 87 per cent. Satrasal polling station in 25 Golakganj recorded 90 per cent polling while at Halakura HS School the percentage of polling is recorded at 88%.
As the weather was bright, voters were seen in long queues outside the polling centres to exercise their voting rights. Polling was held in 602 polling stations and total number 5,28,637 voters exercised their franchise in the entire subdivision. Altogether 25 candidates are contesting from the subdivision. Ten candidates from 23 Dhubri, 11 candidates from 24 Gauripur and only four from 25 Golakganj, are in the fray. After witnessing the turn out of voters in the polling centres, observers opine that this time voters are seen voting for their candidates for a change.