Over 84 percent turnout in fourth phase of West Bengal polls

May 3rd, 2011 - 9:35 pm ICT by ANI  

Kolkata, May 3 (ANI): Over 84 percent polling was recorded in the fourth phase of West Bengal assembly polls in 63 constituencies spread across East Midnapore, Howrah, Hooghly and parts of Burdwan Districts on Tuesday.

A high 85.14 per cent votes were polled in East Midnapore district where 75 candidates were in fray for 16 assembly constituencies.

Official sources said 85.14 per cent of the 31,12,563 voters exercised their franchise across 3964 booths in the presence of district police and central paramilitary force personnel manning the booths.

Additional Chief Electoral officer N. K. Sahana said that 171 electronic voting machines were replaced from various polling booths due to technical snag.

Two presiding officers and two polling officers were removed from duties for violation of model code of conduct and for illness.

Boycott of votes were reported from three polling booths in Howrah and Burdwan on local issues.

Prominent candidates, whose fate were sealed in the ballots, include Industry Minister Nirupam Sen and Higher Education Minister Sudarshan Roy Chowdhury, Food Processing Minister Mohanta Chatterjee, Minister of State for Information and Culture Soumendranath Bera, Technical Education Minister Chakradhar Maikap, Agriculture minister Naren Dey and Fire Services Minister Pratim Chatterjee.

Of the six phased elections in West Bengal, three have been completed on April 18, 23 and 27.

The fifth phase will take place on May 7 and sixth on May 10. (ANI)

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