TEZPUR: The first phase of Assam Assembly election-2021 in the five Legislative Assembly constituencies of Sonitpur district concluded peacefully and smoothly without any untoward incidents on Saturday. The turnout of voters in the five LACs - 71 Dhekiajuli, 72 Barchala, 73 Tezpur, 74 Rangapara and 75 Sootea in Sonitpur district was around 78.46 per cent.
The LAC wise estimated per cent of polling was - 71 Dhekiajuli recorded 76.58 per cent, 72 Barchala recorded 78.60 per cent, 73 Tezpur recorded 79.17 per cent turnout, 74 Rangapara recorded 80.27 per cent, and 75 Sootea recorded 78.19 per cent turnout in Tezpur election district. The polling was conducted in 1,324 polling stations, including 1118 main polling stations while 206 were auxiliary.
The total voter strength in the five Legislative Assembly Constituencies was over 9,34,423, including 4,72,131 males and 4,62,276 females, while 28 candidates are in the fray in Tezpur election district.
Few complaints of technical glitches in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were reported in some polling stations which were resolved later. Voters were seen in long queues outside the polling stations. Social distancing inside the polling stations was maintained.
A sizable number of new voters (first time) exercised their franchise in various polling stations. Voting by persons with disabilities, COVID infected people and those above 80 years was allowed through postal ballots. However, a number of persons with disabilities were also seen coming out for voting on Saturday, which indicated the interest among the voters while exercising their rights. The polling officials reached the district headquarters along with the Electronic Voting Machines where these machines will be kept under tight security arrangement.
Deputy Commissioner of Sonitpur, Manvendra Pratap Singh thanked the electors of the district along with all the staff concerned and police personnel and parties involved for conducting the election in a smooth and peaceful manner.
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