Nearly 80% Polling in Bengal, 72% in Assam in Phase-1 of Voting

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EC data revealed that there was 77.16 percent voting in Assam’s Biswanath, 71.1 percent in Bokakhat, 73.29 percent in Charaldeo, 72.85 percent in Dhakuakhana, 70.76 percent in Dhansiri, among other districts till 5 pm.

COVID-19 protocols for the voters, including social distancing and thermal screening, were maintained. Election officials said that to avoid crowding, the number of voters for every booth had been brought down to a maximum of 1,000.

As a result, the number of polling booths has been augmented by 34.71 percent to 33,530 from 24,890 in 2016.

According to election officials, over 30,000 Central Armed Police Force personnel along with thousands of state security personnel were deployed to maintain law and order during this phase of polling.

(With inputs from IANS)

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