A high turnout of about 85 percent was recorded for one Lok Sabha seat in Tripura, while Assam registered about 78 percent in five seats in the first phase of the elections which began quiet peacefully this Monday from the country’s North Eastern region. In Tripura, where elections were held for the Tripura West Seat, Chief Electoral Officer, Asutosh Jindal said the 85 per cent of the electorate voted this time whereas all the polls were incident free.
Stating that there were long queues before 200 booths till 7:00 PM, Jindal said that complete computation was not possible. “This percentage might rise again,” he informed reporters. “We expect the poll percentage to cross 75%” in Assam, Deputy Election Commissioner Alok Shukla informed the media in New Delhi. An estimated 7.6 million people were eligible to vote in Tezpur, Kaliabor, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur constituencies in Assam and Tripura West. The next phases of polling for the remaining eight seats in Assam will be held on April 12th and 24th and the same in Tripura (East) seat will be held on April 12.
In the 2009 general elections, the whole of Assam had recorded 69.60% polling. The poll percentage then in Tripura (West) seat was 86.25%. In Assam’s five constituencies with nearly 64.50 lakh electors, 51 candidates are in the fray. Tripura (West) has 13 candidates. Stakes this time are high for Congress, BJP, Trinamool Congress, AIUDF, AGP, and CPI(M), for the five seats in Assam and Tripura.
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