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GUWAHATI, April 24 - The overall Lok Sabha poll turnout in Assam stood at an all-time high of 81.52 per cent. The polling percentage this time is the highest ever recorded in the State in any parliamentary elections so far. It surpassed the previous highest figure of 80.12 per cent which was recorded in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

As per the data released by the Election Commission this evening, the turnout among male voters in the State stood at 81.73 per cent, while the polling percentage among female electorate was 81.30 per cent and among the third gender voters it was 4.89 per cent.

The Lok Sabha elections were held in three phases in Assam on April 11, April 18 and April 23.

While five constituencies � Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Kaliabor, Lakhimpur and Tezpur � went to the polls in the first phase on April 11, another five constituencies � Karimganj, Silchar, Autonomous District (Diphu), Nagaon and Mangaldoi � went to the elections in the second phase on April 18.

In the third phase, on April 23, polling took place in four constituencies � Guwahati, Dhubri, Barpeta and Kokrajhar.

In the first Lok Sabha elections held 1951-52, the voter turnout in Assam was 47.96 per cent, while it stood at 46.14 per cent in the 1957 elections, 52.75 per cent in 1962, 54.99 per cent in 1967, 50.69 per cent in 1971, 54.88 per cent in 1977, 53.37 per cent in 1980 (when polls were held in only two seats of Assam), 77.40 per cent in 1985 (Assam and Punjab voted in 1985, while other states voted in 1984), 75.25 per cent in 1991, 78.50 per cent in 1996, 61.06 per cent in 1998, 71.26 per cent in 1999, 69.11 per cent in 2004, 69.54 per cent in 2009, and 80.12 per cent in 2014.

Meanwhile, the average final turnout in the four constituencies of the State which went to the polls in the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Tuesday stands at 85.11 per cent.

The overall turnout among male electors in the four constituencies was 85.49 per cent, while the polling percentage among females was 84.72 and among third gender electors it was 5.10 per cent.

Among the four constituencies of Phase Three, the highest turnout of 90.66 per cent was reported in Dhubri. The turnout of male voters in the constituency was 90.87 per cent, while among female voters it stood at 90.44 per cent and among third gender electors it was 8.33 per cent.

A total turnout of 86.60 per cent was recorded in Barpeta. The constituency saw a polling percentage of 86.71 per cent among the male electors, 86.50 per cent among female electors, and 6.25 per cent among third gender electors.

The turnout in Kokrajhar was 83.16 per cent. Turnout among male voters in the seat was 83.35, while it stood at 82.96 per cent among the female voters and 2.56 per cent among third gender electors.

The high-profile Guwahati constituency reported a total polling of 80.81 per cent. Among male voters of the constituency the turnout stood at 81.64 per cent, while it was 79.96 per cent among the females and 5.13 per cent among the third gender electors.

It is noteworthy that voting at various polling stations across the four constituencies had continued beyond 5 pm on polling day and many polling stations were located in remote areas. As such, more time was required to compile the voting data and the Election Commission had earlier released only the tentative data.

In the last elections held in 2014, Dhubri had recorded a turnout of 88.36 per cent, Barpeta of 84.40 per cent, Kokrajhar had reported 81.32 per cent polling, and Guwahati had witnessed a turnout of 78.67 per cent.

Interestingly, the average turnout in the four constituencies of Phase Three is higher than the average polling reported for the five seats which went to the elections in the first phase on April 11 and the five others that went to the polls in the second phase on April 18.

The average turnout of the five Phase One constituencies � Lakhimpur, Tezpur, Dibrugarh, Jorhat and Kaliabor � had stood at 78.27 per cent, while the average turnout of the five Phase Two constituencies � Karimganj, Silchar, Autonomous District (Diphu), Nagaon and Mangaldoi � was 81.20 per cent.

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Assam records all-time high of 81.52 pc voting

GUWAHATI, April 24 - The overall Lok Sabha poll turnout in Assam stood at an all-time high of 81.52 per cent. The polling percentage this time is the highest ever recorded in the State in any parliamentary elections so far. It surpassed the previous highest figure of 80.12 per cent which was recorded in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

As per the data released by the Election Commission this evening, the turnout among male voters in the State stood at 81.73 per cent, while the polling percentage among female electorate was 81.30 per cent and among the third gender voters it was 4.89 per cent.

The Lok Sabha elections were held in three phases in Assam on April 11, April 18 and April 23.

While five constituencies � Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Kaliabor, Lakhimpur and Tezpur � went to the polls in the first phase on April 11, another five constituencies � Karimganj, Silchar, Autonomous District (Diphu), Nagaon and Mangaldoi � went to the elections in the second phase on April 18.

In the third phase, on April 23, polling took place in four constituencies � Guwahati, Dhubri, Barpeta and Kokrajhar.

In the first Lok Sabha elections held 1951-52, the voter turnout in Assam was 47.96 per cent, while it stood at 46.14 per cent in the 1957 elections, 52.75 per cent in 1962, 54.99 per cent in 1967, 50.69 per cent in 1971, 54.88 per cent in 1977, 53.37 per cent in 1980 (when polls were held in only two seats of Assam), 77.40 per cent in 1985 (Assam and Punjab voted in 1985, while other states voted in 1984), 75.25 per cent in 1991, 78.50 per cent in 1996, 61.06 per cent in 1998, 71.26 per cent in 1999, 69.11 per cent in 2004, 69.54 per cent in 2009, and 80.12 per cent in 2014.

Meanwhile, the average final turnout in the four constituencies of the State which went to the polls in the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Tuesday stands at 85.11 per cent.

The overall turnout among male electors in the four constituencies was 85.49 per cent, while the polling percentage among females was 84.72 and among third gender electors it was 5.10 per cent.

Among the four constituencies of Phase Three, the highest turnout of 90.66 per cent was reported in Dhubri. The turnout of male voters in the constituency was 90.87 per cent, while among female voters it stood at 90.44 per cent and among third gender electors it was 8.33 per cent.

A total turnout of 86.60 per cent was recorded in Barpeta. The constituency saw a polling percentage of 86.71 per cent among the male electors, 86.50 per cent among female electors, and 6.25 per cent among third gender electors.

The turnout in Kokrajhar was 83.16 per cent. Turnout among male voters in the seat was 83.35, while it stood at 82.96 per cent among the female voters and 2.56 per cent among third gender electors.

The high-profile Guwahati constituency reported a total polling of 80.81 per cent. Among male voters of the constituency the turnout stood at 81.64 per cent, while it was 79.96 per cent among the females and 5.13 per cent among the third gender electors.

It is noteworthy that voting at various polling stations across the four constituencies had continued beyond 5 pm on polling day and many polling stations were located in remote areas. As such, more time was required to compile the voting data and the Election Commission had earlier released only the tentative data.

In the last elections held in 2014, Dhubri had recorded a turnout of 88.36 per cent, Barpeta of 84.40 per cent, Kokrajhar had reported 81.32 per cent polling, and Guwahati had witnessed a turnout of 78.67 per cent.

Interestingly, the average turnout in the four constituencies of Phase Three is higher than the average polling reported for the five seats which went to the elections in the first phase on April 11 and the five others that went to the polls in the second phase on April 18.

The average turnout of the five Phase One constituencies � Lakhimpur, Tezpur, Dibrugarh, Jorhat and Kaliabor � had stood at 78.27 per cent, while the average turnout of the five Phase Two constituencies � Karimganj, Silchar, Autonomous District (Diphu), Nagaon and Mangaldoi � was 81.20 per cent.

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