DIBRUGARH, April 11 - The 13 Dibrugarh Lok Sabha constituency recorded a significant voter turn out of 70.19 per cent till 5 pm despite reported glitches in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) in certain polling booths.
Though the final figure of the poll percentage would emerge only after the completion of entire poll exercise is completed as voting was still underway in some of the booths, the turn out as a whole is good enough, according to polling officials here.
Polling so far was peaceful as no untoward incident related to election was reported from the area except for some commotion in Diraibam tea estate under Tingkhong LAC where some 250 TE workers reportedly boycotted the election allegedly after discovering that their earlier polling centre at Diraibam tea estate was shifted elsewhere without prior notice. ����������
The enthusiasm of the voters as a whole in the constituency was crystal clear as they stood in long queues at polling booths from as early as 5:30 am. The polling process was relatively moving at slow pace but picked momentum in the afternoon. From 7 am to 11 am, the poll percentage was only 21.03 per cent whereas in the next two hours, the poll percentage shot up to 41.44 per cent and till 5 pm the poll percentage was about 70.19 per cent in the constituency, which comprises Assembly segments of Moran, Tingkhong, Naharkatia, Duliajan, Lahowal, Chabua and Dibrugarh, Margherita, Digboi and Tinsukia.
There are altogether 13,12,195 voters in the constituency. Till 5 pm, some 9,21,009 votes were polled. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal cast his vote at around 11am in 158 Satyarathi Laxminath Bezbaruah Bhawan here.�
Jorhat: The poll percentage for the Jorhat Lok Sabha constituency was recorded at 74.87 till last reports came in to the Jorhat district administration headquarters here at 5pm.
The Jorhat parliamentary constituency comprises10 Assembly seats which spreads over Jorhat, Sivasagar and Caraideo districts.
A district administration official stated that the poll percentage would increase as many polling teams from remote and interior areas were on their way to reach the counting centres in the district and Civil Sub-divisional headquarters.
Brisk polling was reported from all the 1753 polling stations of the Jorhat parliamentary constituency since voting started at 7am, the official said.
Initially, few cases of EVMs malfunctioning were reported from the constituency but after replacements of the machines the voting resumed, the official said.
A bright sunny morning after a long period of rains provided the voters a favourable weather throughout the day to come out in large numbers from their homes to cast their votes for the Jorhat Lok Sabha constituency.
Women, elderly people and youths were seen standing in long queues to exercise their franchise.
Doomdooma:Polling passed off peacefully here today. Doomdooma and Sadiya LACs are under Lakhimpur HPC in which� 65.2 per cent and 69.5 per cent polling was reported respectively. In some polling stations polling was going on till filing of this report. Voters were seen in long queues to cast their votes right from the morning defying inclement weather.
Tinsukia: Voters were seen making bee lines to cast their votes in the entire district. The average polling percentage was 65 till filing of this report in the district. The voting percentage in Digboi LAC was recorded at 65.02 per cent and Tinsukia LAC the figure stood at 65.61per cent.
Tezpur: Voting in the Tezpur Lok Sabha seat ended peacefully on Thursday, with an estimated 72 per cent voter turnout. Polling was going on in five LACs, including Dhekiajuli, Barchala, Rangapara, Tezpur and Sootea till filing of this report. The poll percentage may go up as voters were seen in long queues in many booths.
Apart from some minor technical snags in the EVM/VVPAT, no any untoward incident was reported from any corner of the Tezpur election district during the polling, Said SP Sonitpur, Kumar Sanjit Krisna.
This time, in Tezpur, a total of 10 model polling stations were set up, including Tezpur Academy Higher Secondary school which was decorated by Returning officer, Narshing Powar. Moreover, there were 30 all-women polling stations in the town in which women polling officers were seen conducting poll process with much enthusiasm till the end of the polling. On other hand, young voters� participation was also encouraging.
Biswanath Chariali:The Lok Sabha poll was held peacefully today in Biswanath Sadar and Gohpur sub-divisions in Biswanath district. However, polling was still going on in some of the polling stations till evening.
According to the official sources, around 77.47 per cent voters exercised their franchise in Biswanath LAC area, while it was around 77.24 per cent in Behali LAC and 71.22 per cent in Gohpur sub-division. Meanwhile, polling personnel were removed from their duties in a polling station in Gohpur sub-division following a complaint lodged by Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) Chief Ripun Borah.
Nagaon: Over 65 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the first phrase of Lok Sabha poll held today. Voters were seen standing in long lines in many polling stations, especially in the minority areas. The polling percentage would increase as compilation process was going on. The minority voters were seen upbeat to take part in the election process. Similarly, the young voters� participation was also very encouraging in the first phase of polling.
Dhemaji: Over 75 per cent voters turn out was recorded in two Assembly constituencies in Dhemaji district. Poling peacefully ended in all polling stations (except one in Dhemaji constituency) at around 5 pm this evening, but the percentage of polling would increase.
The election officers of the district said that it would take some hours to receive and compile the polling reports from the presiding officers.
Dhemaji district administration conducted the Lok Sabha election in two Assembly segments namely Dhemaji(ST) and Jonai (ST) .
As per election department report, polling in Dhemaji Town High School under Dhemaji LAC was stopped due to an�unruly�situation among the voters. The district election department reported it to State Election Commission.
The district has 4, 02,262 voters, out of which 2, 06, 084 are male and 1,96, 178 are female spreading in 631 polling stations.