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Assam Elections 2021: 77% turnout recorded in peaceable first part; few cases of EVM malfunction reported – India News , Firstpost

The destiny of 264 candidates together with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami, state Congress president Ripun Bora and jailed anti-CAA activist Akhil Gogoi was sealed within the first of the three-phased election

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The first part of polling in Assam was held peacefully in Assam on Saturday when round 77 % of the full 81.09 lakh voters exercised their franchise in 47 constituencies adhering to COVID-19 protocols, an Election Commission official mentioned.

The destiny of 264 candidates together with Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami, state Congress president Ripun Bora and jailed anti-CAA activist Akhil Gogoi was sealed within the first of the three-phase election for the 126-member meeting within the state.

An estimated 76.89 per cent voter turnout was recorded until 6 pm when the voting ended, the official mentioned. “The ballot share might improve a bit after last
compilation,” Joint Chief Electoral Officer Rahul Ch Das mentioned.

He mentioned that polling handed off peacefully throughout the state and there was no report of any untoward incident. However, the Polling Officer of Sonari Salkathani
sales space, Tulsi Khanikar, died whereas on obligation.

“He fell sick and died on the way to Dibrugarh for treatment. He died on the way,” an official of Dibrugarh district mentioned.

The Covid protocol officer of Lahowal constituency in Dibrugarh district, Munin Pathak, was picked up by the police when he threatened some voters with a pistol throughout an altercation over following the protocols, the official added. Chief Minister Sonowal exercised his franchise at round 11 am at Sahitya Sabha Bhavan, a mannequin polling station, in his dwelling city of Dibrugarh in higher Assam.

“The BJP and its alliance partners will win again and return to power in Assam. People have seen the performance of our government in the last five years,” he mentioned after casting his vote. State Congress chief Ripun Bora solid his vote at Gohpur, from the place he contested, and claimed that there’s an anti-incumbency wave towards the ruling BJP.

“The BJP’s misrule, corruption, syndicate, price rise — we have taken these issues to the people and they will vote accordingly. The Congress will emerge as the winner in this election and will form the government,” he mentioned.

Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami is within the fray to retain his Jorhat seat on foundation of “huge developmental works” completed by him, whereas Raijor Dal chief Akhil Gogoi is making an attempt his luck for the primary time from the Sivasagar constituency.

Fates of a number of ministers similar to Ranjit Dutta (Behali), Naba Kumar Doley (Dhakuakha), Jogen Mohan (Mahmora), Sanjoy Kishan (Tinsukia), Atul Bora (Bokakhat) and Keshab Mahanta (Kaliabor) had been additionally sealed on this part.

Congress Legislature Party chief Debabrata Saikia (Nazira) and Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) president Lurinjyoti Gogoi (Duliajan and Naharkatiya) had been additionally within the fray on this part.

Voting started at 7 am within the 47 seats within the Northeastern state and most of them witnessed a triangular contest among the many ruling BJP-AGP alliance, the Congress-led
Grand Alliance and the newly shaped regional grouping Asom Jatiya Parishad-Raijor Dal.

A variety of polling stations reported malfunctioning and technical glitches of the Electronic Voting Machines and these had been changed instantly, the EC official mentioned with out sharing the variety of EVMs changed. Long queues had been seen exterior polling cubicles since morning with voters and election officers adhering to COVID-19 protocols in some cubicles. However, the vast majority of the voters didn’t comply with the rules and had been seen huddling in teams.

Voters who got here with out masks had been supplied with one on the polling stations that had services like sanitiser, thermal scanners and cleaning soap as a part of COVID-19 protocol.

Each voter was additionally given a disposable plastic glove to put on on their proper hand for touching the EVM. First-time voters in lots of polling stations had been
greeted with saplings and ‘Gamosa’, a standard hand-woven Assamese scarf. Voting occurred throughout 13,454 polling stations. Women officers solely performed the train in 479 polling stations.

Webcasting facility was additionally organized in 5,772 cubicles recognized as weak, essential and delicate polling stations together with these with a lot of voters.
A complete of 300 firms of safety forces had been deployed within the first part throughout 12 districts of higher Assam and the northern financial institution of Brahmaputra.

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