A VOTER turnout of 78.25 per cent marked the fifth and penultimate phase of Assembly polls in West Bengal. By the end of polling on Saturday, 186 people were arrested in incidents of electoral malpractice and sporadic violence that left at least 15 injured.
This is against 82.77 per cent voting recorded during 2011 Assembly elections in the three districts of Hooghly, Kolkata South and South 24-Parganas that went to polls on Saturday. The final figures will be known on Sunday.
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The highest turnout was recorded in South-24 Paraganas (79.69 per cent), followed by Hooghly (78.98 per cent). Kolkata South recorded a 63.10-per cent turnout.
During the day, the EC had received 2,970 complaints, of which, 2,846 were disposed of till 6 pm, sources said. Out of the 186 arrests, nine were made in specific cases. The rest were preventive arrests, ADGP (Law and Order) Anuj Sharma said. As many as 192 EVMs and 19 VVPATs were replaced due to malfunctioning.
FIRs have been lodged against two presiding officers at Arambagh and Tarkeshwar after they were found aiding voters in casting ballots and even allowing unauthorised entry into their booths, state Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Gupta said.