West Bengal In the fifth phase of the state assembly elections, 36.02% voters were recorded in 44 polling booths in six districts by 11:30 am.
Voting for the fifth phase of the West Bengal Assembly elections began this morning amid tight security.
The highest turnout was recorded in Jamalpur constituency of East Burdwan district till 11:30 am at 44.21%.
Meanwhile, Kamarhati constituency had the lowest turnout at 19%.
In many places, among the resurgent coronaviruses seen without voter masks, they expressed concern. Security forces ensured social distance in the booths, and survey officers provided masks, hand sanitizers and polythene gloves for voters.
A BJP agent died inside a polling station in Kamarhati
A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) polling agent died inside a booth in Kamarhati during the fifth phase of polling in the West Bengal Assembly elections on Saturday.
The brother of the deceased BJP polling agent told ANI, “His name is Abhijit Samanta. No one helped him, there is no chance of treatment here.”
Another BJP activist said, “We don’t know exactly what happened as we were not allowed in the 200-meter radius. I saw him lying on the ground and took water.”
Meanwhile, the Election Commission has sought a report on the sudden death of a BJP polling agent at booth 107 in Kamarhati on Wednesday.
Police Commissioner Ajay Nanda visited various polling booths at Kamarhati Assembly constituency in North 24 Parganas district. “The election is going on peacefully. We are ensuring free and fair elections,” Nanda told reporters.
ITBP workers have been seen assisting senior citizens and physically challenged voters to reach the Ranaghat polling station.
In the fifth phase, polling is underway in a total of 45 constituencies across Jalpaiguri, Kalimpong, Darjeeling and one area of Nadia, North 24 Parganas and East Burdwan district. A total of 311 candidates including 39 women of Part-II are in the fray.
There are 15,789 polling stations nominated for this episode. The security situation has been beefed up with the deployment of 1,0711 Central Army personnel to ensure peaceful elections.
Voting for the sixth phase will be held on April 22.