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About 60 per cent turnout in Assam's first phase Panchayat polls

Posted on Jan 31, 11:16AM | UNI

Guwahati, Jan 30 : About 60 per cent polling was recorded in the first phase of Panchayat elections in Assam today.

Official sources said preliminary reports from the various centres put the polling turnout at 60 per cent, though the final figure could be revised later.

Polling was largely peaceful, barring a few sporadic incidents of commotion in polling centres over purported mistakes in ballot papers.

The poll eve witnessed some violence as reports of locals seizing liquor meant for distribution by a candidate were received.

All the major parties, including ruling Congress, AGP, BJP and AIUDF, have fielded candidates in the polls.

The fate of 529 candidates in the Zila Parishad

constituencies, 2,546 candidates in the Anchalik Panchayat
constituencies, 2,748 candidates in the Gaon Panchayat
president constituencies and 22,051 candidates for ward

member posts was sealed in ballot boxes today.

The first phase was conducted in 164 Zila Parishad constituencies, 861 Anchalik Panchayat constituencies, 861 Gaon Panchayat president constituencies and 8610 ward member constituencies.

The total number of polling stations were 8,269 and electorate strength was over 51 lakh.

The districts included in the first phase are parts of Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Sivasagar, Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Golaghat and Nagaon.

The second and third phases of the Panchayat election are scheduled on February 6 and 12 respectively.

The counting of votes will be undertaken on February 14.