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73 pc voter turnout in first phase

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GUWAHATI, April 5 � Assam recorded 73.04 per cent polling in the first phase of State Assembly elections with 74.10 per cent male and 71.91 per cent female voters exercising their franchise on April 4. The second phase of election would take place on April 11.

Lakhimpur witnessed 79.57 per cent turnout of voters, the highest among all the 62 constituencies that went to polls in the first phase on Monday.

Dima Hasao recorded the lowest voter turnout of 55.04 per cent.

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Hemanta Narzary, briefing mediapersons today, informed that scrutiny of the LACs except Nazira, Haflong, Silchar, Sonai and Udarband was over.

He also informed that fresh polls in three constituencies have been recommended to the Election Commission, which includes Borkhola, South Karimganj and Hailakandi.

While re-polling in Borkhola has been recommended following clash between two polling agents, the mismatch between EVM record and Form 78 was the reason behind fresh polls in South Karimganj.

�In Hailakandi LAC, irregularity in maintaining Form 78 was detected,� Narzary stated, adding that action would be taken against those responsible for irregularities.

�We have recommended fresh polls and are awaiting clearance from the Election Commission after which we would be able to divulge the dates for re-polling,� he

stated.

�We should be able to disclose the dates by tomorrow�.

The CEO also divulged that as many as 40 polling stations recorded zero voter turnout, including 22 polling stations in Haflong, 16 in Ratabari and one each in Dibrugarh and Dhekiajuli.

Narzary went on to inform that 500 companies of security forces will be deployed for the second phase of elections.

�I hope, like in the first phase, incident-free polling takes place in the second phase too,� he added.

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73 pc voter turnout in first phase

GUWAHATI, April 5 � Assam recorded 73.04 per cent polling in the first phase of State Assembly elections with 74.10 per cent male and 71.91 per cent female voters exercising their franchise on April 4. The second phase of election would take place on April 11.

Lakhimpur witnessed 79.57 per cent turnout of voters, the highest among all the 62 constituencies that went to polls in the first phase on Monday.

Dima Hasao recorded the lowest voter turnout of 55.04 per cent.

Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Hemanta Narzary, briefing mediapersons today, informed that scrutiny of the LACs except Nazira, Haflong, Silchar, Sonai and Udarband was over.

He also informed that fresh polls in three constituencies have been recommended to the Election Commission, which includes Borkhola, South Karimganj and Hailakandi.

While re-polling in Borkhola has been recommended following clash between two polling agents, the mismatch between EVM record and Form 78 was the reason behind fresh polls in South Karimganj.

�In Hailakandi LAC, irregularity in maintaining Form 78 was detected,� Narzary stated, adding that action would be taken against those responsible for irregularities.

�We have recommended fresh polls and are awaiting clearance from the Election Commission after which we would be able to divulge the dates for re-polling,� he

stated.

�We should be able to disclose the dates by tomorrow�.

The CEO also divulged that as many as 40 polling stations recorded zero voter turnout, including 22 polling stations in Haflong, 16 in Ratabari and one each in Dibrugarh and Dhekiajuli.

Narzary went on to inform that 500 companies of security forces will be deployed for the second phase of elections.

�I hope, like in the first phase, incident-free polling takes place in the second phase too,� he added.

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