GUWAHATI, April 12 - Assam has recorded the highest voting percentage ever this year (2016 Assembly polls) bettering the previous highest turnout of 79.21 per cent in 1985. The overall poll percentage this year (including first and second phase) has been recorded at 84.72 per cent.
Since 1985, the overall poll percentage has always been above 75 per cent.
While the first phase recorded 82.20 per cent voter turnout, the second phase of polls which was conducted on Monday saw 87.03 per cent eligible voters exercising their franchise. The second phase polling witnessed four major incidents of poll-related violence, including in Sarbhog where an elderly person lost his life.
�Four persons, including two security personnel, sustained injuries during the incidents of violence reported on Monday,� Additional Chief Electoral Officer Nitin Khare told this reporter.
The LAC wise highest polling percentage of 93.53 per cent was recorded at Jaleswar LAC in Golapara while the lowest percentage of 75.05 was at Silchar LAC in Cachar district.
Of the 278 candidates, 30 candidates contested from AGP, 74 from the AIUDF, 89 from BJP and 122 from Congress, 13 from BPF, 15 from CPI, 19 from CPM, and 497 as independent candidates and 205 from others.