West Bengal elections: 79.70 per cent polling in phase two

A total of 383 candidates are contesting on these seats and their fate will be decided by a 1.2 crore strong electorate.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 17, 2016 7:38 pm
Voters line up outside a polling booth in Malda. ANI photo Voters line up outside a polling booth in Malda. ANI photo

The second phase of voting in West Bengal assembly elections for 56 constituency seats recorded 79.70 per cent voters turnout on Sunday.  The voting took place in six north districts of North Bengal, ie, Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, Uttar Dinajpur, Dakshin Dinajpur, Malda and Birbhum in south Bengal.

A total of 383 candidates are contesting on these seats and their fate will be decided by a 1.2 crore strong electorate.

Tight security arrangements were made in these areas.

UPDATES – WEST BENGAL POLLS

7:33 pm 79.70 per cent polling in phase two of West Bengal assembly polls: EC

5:50 pm

4:01 pm 70.33 % voter turnout recorded till 3 PM in the second phase

1:50 pm: 55.94 % voter turnout recorded till 1 pm

12:15 pm: BJP delegation to approach Election Commission at 1 pm over incidence of violence in Birbhum

12:00 pm: 39.23% voter turnout recorded till 11am in West bengal

10:45 am: 21.79% voter turnout recorded in first 2 hours in second phase

9:05 am: Congress-Left office in North Dinajpur West Bengal, vandalized last night. Congress blames TMC – ANI

8:10 am: TMC, CPI(M) and BJP workers clash outside a polling station in Birbhum. Three injured in violence.

7:30 am: Voting delayed at two polling stations in Malda due to technical problems.

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6:45  am: Voters line up outside various polling booths in Malda, Siliguri and other four districts of North Bengal.

The elections are underway in West Bengal and Assam currently where the voting will take place in two and six phases respectively. Elections will also be held in Kerala, Puducherry and Tamil Nadu in May. The counting of votes for all the states will be held on May 19. Click here to read all the elections related stories.

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