Polling begins for first phase of West Bengal elections

April 18th, 2011 - 9:21 am ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, April 18 (IANS) The polling for the first phase of polls in the 54 assembly constituencies of West Bengal began Monday.

The voting started at 7 a.m. in all the 54 constituencies and will last till 5 p.m.

The constituencies fall in Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar, North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur and Malda districts.

Security has been beefed up in these districts. Police vigil has been increased in Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Cooch Behar as it shares international border with Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh.

The polling for the 294 West Bengal assembly seats are being be held in six phases. The next phases will be held on April 23 (for 50 constituencies), April 27 (75), May 3 (63), May 7 (38) and May 10 (14).

The votes will be counted May 13.

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