New Delhi: Over 84 per cent of the electorate exercised their franchise till 5:00 pm in the sixth and last phase of Assembly election in West Bengal Thursday. Voting took place in 25, nine in Cooch Behar district and 16 in East Midnapore, constituencies.
While East Midnapore district recorded 85.09 per cent polling, 82.71 per cent votes were cast in Cooch Behar. The overall average till 5 PM was 84.24 per cent.
Divulging details at a press conference, Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Saxena said, "Overall polling percent recorded in 25 constituencies in 6th and the final phase of West Bengal Assembly election is 84.24 percent till 5 p.m."
"The overall voter turnout in the last phase is likely to go up when we compile all figures. Today's election had been historic as around 9400 people who for the first time became citizens of India, also cast their votes," Saxena added.
A voter turnout of over 74 percent voter turnout recorded till 3 p.m. while 61.88 percent voting reported till 1 p.m. in the last phase of polls.
Over 23 percent of the electorate exercised their franchise in the first two hours of polling that began this morning.
Two Trinamool Congress candidates in Cooch Behar district faced the poll panel's ire for allegedly interfering with the electoral process and threatening polling personnel.
FIRs were lodged against Rabindranath Ghosh, TMC candidate from Natabari and Udyan Guha from Dinhata following complaints from the respective returning officers.