SIVASAGAR, April 8 � Despite the best possible effort from the Election Commission to attract voters to exercise their franchise, there has been an embarrassing drop in voting percentage in all six LACs of Sivasagar district in the Assembly elections on April 4.
Of a total of 7,13,073 voters in the district 73.45 per cent cast their votes with the highest 75.36 per cent in 103 Amguri LAC, followed by 75.24 per cent in 107 Thowra LAC, 73.94 per cent in Mahmora LAC, 73.53 per cent in Nazira LAC, 72.29 per cent in Sonari LAC and 70.per cent in 108 Sivasagar LAC.
Deputy Commissioner, Sivasagar Jatindra Lahkar however informed this correspondent that polling percentage in the Assembly elections is about 10 per cent higher than that of the last Parliamentary elections in the district. The polling percentages in the three Assembly segments of Jorhat Pariamentary Seat Sivasagar, Amguri and Thowra were 60.77 per cent, 61.75 per cent and 62.5 per cent respectively. He said there is a kind of lethargy and feeling of inertia among privileged urban voters to stand in queues with others, which keeps them away from the polling stations.
A section of voters cutting across party lines told this correspondent that they could not reach their respective polling stations before 3 pm after attending to their daily works. The new timing schedule of 7 am to 3 pm deprived them of the opportunity to cast votes.