Voting for fourth phase ends, 84.55 percent polling

May 3rd, 2011 - 7:34 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, May 3 (IANS) Voting came to an end Tuesday in 63 constituencies spread over four districts in the fourth phase of the West Bengal assembly elections, with 84.55 percent polling recorded till 5 p.m., when the scheduled time got over, an Election Commission (EC) official said.

“However, the percentage is likely to increase as people are in queues at several booths,” the official said.

Polling was held in three districts - Howrah, Hooghly and East Midnapore - and parts of Burdwan, with an electorate of around 1.26 crore choosing their representatives from among 366 candidates.

Hooghly has 18 seats and Howrah and East Midnapore 16 each. Voting was held in 13 of the 25 seats in Burdwan district.

Crucial rural belts like Hooghly district’s Singur and Nandigram in East Midnapore also saw polls.

Among the star candidates in the fray Tuesday were Industries Minister Nirupam Sen, Agriculture Minister Naren Dey, Higher Education Minister Sudarshan Roy Chowdhury, Information and Culture Minister Soumendranath Bera and Fire and Emergency Services Minister Pratim Chatterjee.

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