SILCHAR, April 18 - Voting across 1,461 polling stations in Cachar district for the Silchar Lok Sabha seat in the second phase of the General Election passed off peacefully amid tight security today.
Cachar DC and Returning Officer Laya Madduri told media persons that voting started with great enthusiasm among voters at 7 am, and that 72 per cent voting was registered till the close of polling at 5 pm.
Asked if there is possibility of repoll in any polling station, Madduri said that barring sporadic instances of EVM malfunctioning which were tackled immediately, there had been no serious breach of the election guidelines.
Voters, including the contesting candidates, were in high spirits at the polling booths. �Voted with my family at Silchar. Missing Baba a lot, my first election without him but I know he is watching over me,� tweeted Sushmita Dev, sitting Silchar MP.
Dev said that as a candidate, one must be optimistic and not overconfident.
On the other hand, BJP candidate Rajdeep Roy said that the voter turnout had been unprecedented, which was a great sign for democracy. He was confident of his victory by a fair margin.
It may be mentioned here that in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, 75.45 per cent votes were cast for the Silchar seat.
Meanwhile, there was great response of voters during polling for the Karimganj Parliamentary seat. According to statistics received from the Election Commission of India, approximately 71.41 per cent votes were cast across all the eight constituencies under the Karimganj seat. Karimganj DC MS Mannivannan ruled out possibilities of any repoll as of now as the polling had gone off without any major untoward incident.