Kolkata: Despite sporadic incidents of violence, about 79.79 per cent of the electorate exercised their franchise till 5.30 pm in the first phase of the West Bengal Assembly Elections 2021 on Saturday, according to the Election Commission (EC) officials.
EC sources revealed about 80.03 per cent of the electorate voted in Bankura, 80.55 per cent in Jhargram, 80.16 per cent in West Midnapore and 82.42 per cent in East Midnapore district, reported news agency IANS.
Polling booths in the states opened at 7 am and closed at 6 pm as timings were extended by an hour owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jhargram, Midnapore, Patashpur and Ramnagar were among the key constituencies where voting took place in the very first phase. Polling was largely peaceful, though some stray incidents of violence were reported from a few areas.
Meanwhile, a BJP delegation called on the EC officials here protesting an attack on BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari’s brother Soumendu Adhikari. Soumendu has accused the Trinamool Congress of causing trouble at Contai and said that he was attacked when he tried to stop the Trinamool supporters, who were allegedly driving away the voters.
“Elections should be free and fair. The state’s ruling Trinamool Congress is scared. We have given some names to the EC to take necessary action,” Soumendu was quoted as saying by IANS.