Guwahati, April 1: The second phase of Assam Assembly elections held across 39 Legislative Assembly Constituencies in 14 election districts today registered a voter turnout of 76.52 percent till 8pm The polling figure may go up with reports are being awaited from some remote polling stations.
Polling was by and large peaceful during the day and afternoon even as there was a report of “firing” prior to the end of voting time at a polling booth in Sonai in Cachar district, with locals alleging the involvement of a local legislator that sparked the incident and caused tension.
Reportedly, a police team led by Cachar superintendent of police B.L Meena rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation even as there was no official statement (till the filing of the report) on what triggered the incident or whether anyone was injured.
There was also a report of a police personnel being allegedly assaulted by a section of voters in Laharighat constituency in Morigaon district.
As many 345 candidates were in the fray in the second phase.
According to election department reports, model polling stations in Cachar district became eco-friendly with only recyclable material used.
“The model polling stations showed the cultural legacy of the district through display of handicrafts and handlooms. First voters were gifted saplings,” said an official source.
Altogether, 73, 44,631 general electors and 17, 164 service voters were registered to exercise their democratic rights across 10,592 polling stations spreading across parts of central and lower Assam, including four seats in Bodoland Territorial Region, two hill districts, and Barak Valley in the second phase polling today.
The first phase of the Assam Assembly elections across 47 constituencies in 12 election districts also registered a voter turnout of 79.97 percent