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West Bengal polls: 18 per cent votes cast in first two hours


April 27, 2011 - Kolkata

Over eighteen per cent polling was recorded in the first two hours of voting in 75 constituencies in Kolkata and its neighbouring North and South 24-Parganas Districts of West Bengal on Wednesday.

"The turnout so far is good. In the first two hours polling was 18.3 per cent. Barring replacement of only a few EVMs there was no report of any untoward incident," said Additional CEO N K Sahana.

The voting, which started at 7 a.m. will continue till 5 p.m.

An electorate of 1.44 crore would decide the fate of 479 candidates including Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.

While Bhattacharjee takes on his one-time chief secretary and Trinamool Congress candidate Manish Gupta in Jadavpur constituency in South 24-Parganas district, Finance Minister Asim Dasgupta is pitted against Trinamool Congress candidate and FICCI secretary general Amit Mitra at Khardah in North 24-Paraganas district.

Other important candiadates contesting are Housing Minister Gautam Deb, Transport Minister Ranjit Kundu, Land Revenue Minister Abdur Rejjak Mollah, Sports Minister Kanti Ganguli (all CPI-M), Leader of the Opposition Partha Chatterjee and Kolkata Mayor Shovan Chatterjee (both Trinamool).

The CPI-M is contesting in 61 constituencies, the CPI three, the Trinamool 70, the Congress five, Forward Bloc seven, the BJP 75, Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) three and the BSP 51 constituencies.

More than 17,700 polling booths have been set up in three districts. 50 general oberservers, eleven expenditure and two police observers are constantly monitoring the poll process.

The Election Commission has appointed S. Srinivasan, the Chief Electoral officer of Odisha as special observer for overseeing the third phase Assembly polls.

The first and second phase of voting took place on April 18 and 23 respectively.

The third phase will take place on April 27, fourth phase on May 3, fifth phase on May 7 and sixth phase on May 10.

ANI

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