Polling for 40 seats in the third and final phase of the Assam Assembly elections began at 7 am on Tuesday to decide the fate of 337 candidates.
Elections are being held amid tight security as 320 companies of security forces were deployed in the third phase, the highest among all the phases.
Altogether 79,19,641 voters: 40,11,539 men, 39,07,963 women and 139 of the third gender, are entitled to exercise their franchise in 11,401 polling stations.
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Polling underway peacefully in Assam, booths showcase different themes
Polling was underway peacefully amid tight security at the 40 assembly constituencies in Assam where voters were exercising their franchise in the final phase on Tuesday, officials said.
Voters wearing masks were seen queuing up outside polling booths, maintaining distance by standing in marked circles across the 12 districts in lower Assam where voting was underway.
The voters who did not have masks were provided with one, besides a disposable plastic glove before they were allowed to enter the polling booths.
No untoward incident has been reported so far, police said.
The first voters at the polling centres were greeted with saplings and the senior citizens with ‘gamosas’ (traditional Assamese scarf).
BJP ministers Himanta Biswa Sarma, Chandra Mohan Patowary, Siddhartha Bhattacharya and Phanibhushan Choudhury exercised their franchise at their respective polling centres in the morning hours. All of them are in the fray in this phase.
BPF ministers Chandan Brahma and Pramila Rani Brahma also cast their votes, besides BPL chief Hagrama Mohilary, Congress leader Ratul Patowary and state election icon and actor Kopil Bora.
For the convenience of the senior citizens and physically challenged voters, arrangements for wheelchairs and e-rickshaws were made.
The model polling stations have a children’s play zone, seating lounge, selfie zone and muppets. Many of the booths also had seating areas, in rainbow shades, themed on inclusivity and LGBTQ rights.
Many polling centres were decorated with recyclable items, having art installations made with bottles, plastic wrappers, etc.
Some of the voting centres were also decked up, representing the multi-cultural diversity of the state. Ethnic fabric and handicraft items were on display, besides mannequins wearing tribal attires put up at the selfie zones.
The Assamese festival of Bihu was also a popular theme in several polling booths. Arch gates were set up, besides the seating areas decorated with colourful chairs, giving the voting centres a festive look.
At a voting station in Goalpara, the women polling personnel wore identical mekhela and chador — an Assamese traditional attire.
The polling will continue till 6 pm.
53.23% voter turnout till 1 pm
Assam recorded 53.23 per cent voter turnout till 1 pm in 40 assembly seats where polling is underway for last phase, say officials.
Total Voter turnout in Dhubri Election District till 1 pm
Dhubri : 56.6%
Gauripur : 56%
Golakganj : 56.1%
Bilasipara(East) : 58.40%
Bilasipara(West) : 59%
Kamrup (M) district records 46.75% voter Turnout till 1 pm
Voter Turnout for North Salmara Election District till 1 pm
34 Abhayapuri North LAC : 48.77%
35 Abhayapuri South LAC : 49.87%
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44 transgenders cast their votes in Kamrup (M) district till 12.30 pm
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Poll Percentage at Kamrup Metropolitan Election District till 11 am
PwD voters cast their votes in South Salmara polling station
33.18% voter turnout till 11 am
Assam records 33.18 per cent voter turnout till 11 am in 40 assembly seats where polling is underway for the last phase.
Voting underway at Hindi Vidya Mandir High School, under Jalukbari constituency
Hindi Vidya Mandir High School falls under Jalukbari constituency. BJP minister Himanta Biswa Sarma is the incumbent MLA seeking re-election.
This time, there are 5 candidates contesting for this constituency, with 3 independent candidates, and 1 from BJP and Congress each.
Himanta Biswa Sarma casts his vote
Assam health minister and BJP leader Himanta Biswa Sarma has cast his vote at a polling station in Amingaon, Guwahati. He is seeking re-election from Jalukbari constituency.
Along with the minister, his wife Riniki Bhuyan Sharma and son Nandil Biswa Sharma also exercised their franchise at the same polling station.
Elderly voter being felicitated in Dudhnoi polling station
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Assam CEO Nitin Khade casts his vote
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Assam has registered a voter turnout of 12.83 per cent till 9:30 am in the third phase of the state assembly polls, according to the Election Commission.