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Over 74 pc polling in Assam’s four assembly seats, 90.74 pc in Arunachal, 79.83 pc in Meghalaya

Over 74 pc polling in Assam’s four assembly seats, 90.74 pc in Arunachal, 79.83 pc in Meghalaya

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 21 Oct 2019, 02:05 pm

Guwahati/IBNS: At least 74.15 percent voter turnout has been recorded till 5 pm across the four assembly constituencies in Assam that went to bye-election on Monday.

Chief Electoral Officer of Assam Mukesh Sahu said that, 74.15 percent polling was recorded till 5 pm and the polling percentage is likely to be increased.

The bye-election was held in Ratabari, Rangapara, Sonari and Jania assembly constituencies.

According to the Election Commission of India (ECI), 74.37% voter turnout has been recorded in Ratabari seat while, 77.50% in Rangapara, 66.40% in Sonari and 78.21% in Jania seat.

Polling started at around 7 am in all the 830 polling stations of the four assembly constituencies.

A total of 20 candidates are in fray in four assembly seats and a total 6,78,898 voters went to cast their votes to elect their legislators.

In last assembly election in Assam, BJP won Ratabari, Sonari and Rangapara seats while Congress won the Jania seat.

Bye-election was necessitated as Kripanath Mallah (Ratabari), Tapan Gogoi (Sonari) and Pallab Lochan Das (Rangapara) of BJP and Congress MLA of Jania Abdul Kalaque won in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

On the other hand, 90.74% voter turnout has been recorded till 5 pm in Arunachal Pradesh’s West Khonsa seat and 79.83% in Meghalaya’s Shella seat.

(By Hemanta Kumar Nath, Guwahati)