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West Bengal elections: Violence mars third phase polls, 79.22 per cent voter turnout recorded

Altogether 418 candidates, including 34 female, are in fray in the 62 seats spread over Murshidabad, Nadia, Burdwan districts and north Kolkata.

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Catholic nuns from the Missionaries of Charity arrive to cast their votes during the third phase of West Bengal Assembly elections in Kolkata, on Thursday. ( Source: Reuters)

Phase III of assembly polls in 62 constituencies of West Bengal on Thursday witnessed a series of clashes between political rivals during which bombs were exploded but the violence failed to deter the electors who came out in large numbers, recording a 79.22 per cent voter turnout.

 

Polling will be held in 62 seats, including seven constituencies in Kolkata.

The Election Commission said here that the turnout could be more as the figures were based on text messages sent by polling officials from the field till 5 pm.

Deputy Election Commission in charge of West Bengal Sandeep Saxena said while one person was found murdered near a polling station, nine others were injured in clashes between political rivals during which crude bombs were used.

AS IT HAPPENED

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7:25 pm 79.22% voter turnout recorded in third phase of West Bengal assembly polls at 5 pm: ECI

6:30 pm Polling ends in Bengal polls third phase

5:22 pm

5:20 pm

4:15 pm: 67.80% voting in third phase of West Bengal polls till 3 pm

2:10 pm 56.08% voting in the third phase of polling in West Bengal till 1pm

12. 30 pm: Voter turnout of 40 per cent was recorded in the first four hours of polling in 62 seats.

The highest voter turnout of 42.99 per cent was recorded in the 22 seats of Murshidabad district while the lowest of 32.71 per cent was recorded in the metropolis till 11 am.

11. 30 am: In Burdwan district where election is on in 16 seats, four persons were injured in separate incidents in polling booths under Ketugram Assembly constituency.

10.45 am: 18.29 per cent voting in third phase of polling in West Bengal till 9 am. The highest voter turnout of 20.53 per cent was recorded in the 22 seats of Murshidabad district while the lowest of 14.71 per cent was recorded in the metropolis till 9 am.

10.12 am: Goons seen with pistols in Burdwan district during the third phase polling.

8.45 am: Clashes between CPI(M) and TMC workers reported in Murshidabad district. One CPI(M) workers dead after being hit by a crude bomb.

8.35 am: Congress alleges their booth worker being abducted by TMC activists. The party also lodged a complain at the police station

7.40 am: Over 1.37 crore voters, including 65.8 lakh females, are registered in the electoral rolls at these constituencies.

7. 35 am: Senior Congress leader Soumen Mitra casts his vote in North Kolkata.

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Altogether 418 candidates, including 34 female, are in fray in the 62 seats spread over Murshidabad, Nadia, Burdwan districts and north Kolkata. (Source: ANI)

7.23 am: To avoid the scorching sun as the day progresses, many voters were ready to exercise their franchise early in the morning.

7.00 am: Third phase polling for the West Bengal Assembly elections beings for 62 seats.

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