Percentage of vote in West Bengal Assembly elections LIVE: Data from the ECI app, which had been static since 3:30 p.m., finally recorded a sizable spike at 5:30 p.m. The app which provides a real-time update on voter turnout suggested that in the fifth phase, 78% of the polls were cast up to half an hour before the polls ended.
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Percentage of vote in West Bengal Assembly elections Last update: Data from the ECI app, which had been static since 3:30 p.m., finally recorded a sizable spike at 5:30 p.m. The app which provides a real-time update on voter turnout suggested that in the fifth phase, 78% of the polls were cast up to half an hour before the polls ended.
The ECI application, which updates in real time the evolution of electoral participation data, remained static between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. The state recorded an overall turnout of around 70 percent with two more hours of voting.
While the overall turnout was 69.40 percent until 3:30 p.m., the district that recorded the highest turnout was Jalpaiguri with 74.71 percent.
In terms of constituencies, the highest turnout is still in Deganga with 65.90 percent, while the lowest is in Kamarhati which has a 26 percent vote percentage.
So far, Burdwan Dakshin Assembly constituency has reported the highest turnout at 28.00%.
A total of 45 West Bengal assembly constituencies in five districts in northern Benal and the Hills are expected to go to the polls on Saturday with more than one crore of voters to decide the fate of 342 candidates.
The elections are taking place amid a second wave of Covid infection as the state recorded its highest single-day peak with 6,910 new cases in one day on Friday, a day before the fifth phase of the polls.
Voting will take place at 15,789 polling stations spread over 16 seats in North 24 Parganas, eight seats in Purba Bardhaman and Nadia each, seven seats in Jalpaiguri, five seats in Darjeeling and one in Kalimpong district.
Prominent names in the fifth phase include the mayor of Siliguri and Left Front leader Ashok Bhattacharya, ministers of state Gautam Deb and Bratya Basu and Samik of the BJP.
The phase is crucial for the ruling Trinamool Congress, which hopes to improve its total to 32 seats in 2016, even as a resurgent BJP seeks to make inroads. The Left-Congress alliance won 10 seats in the Assembly elections five years ago.
The campaign for the fifth phase ended on Wednesday, with the EC increasing the “period of silence” from 48 to 72 hours due to the violence by Cooch Behar.
To date, elections have been held in 135 constituencies and the remaining 159 seats are expected to go to the polls from April 17-29.
In the fourth phase, West Bengal registered an approximate participation rate of 78.43% in 44 constituencies in five districts, while in the third phase, the state registered a participation rate of 77.68%.
West Bengal registered 83.95% of the polls in the second phase, while 84.3% of voters exercised their right to vote in the first phase.
With inputs from PTI