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Heavy turnout in Tripura, Assam

Sunday, 13 April 2014 - 8:25am IST | Place: GUWAHATI | Agency: dna

There was heavy voter turnout in the three parliamentary constituencies in Assam and the one in Tripura that went to polls on Saturday.

Polling in both the states was peaceful with no reports of any untoward incident.

In Assam, where voting was held in the constituencies of Silchar, Karimganj and Diphu (autonomous district), there was 75% polling. The voting percentage in five of the state's 14 seats, including Tezpur, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur and Kaliabor, which went to polls in the first phase on April 7, was also 75.

The voting percentage in the Tripura East was 82. Tripura West, which went to the polls in the first phase, had recorded 83% voting.

"An estimated 75% voters exercised their franchise. Polling passed off peacefully," Assam's chief electoral officer (CEO), Vijayendra, told dna.

He said 20 electronic voting machines (EVMs) had to be replaced after they had developed technical snag. In the first phase, 93 EVMs had malfunctioned and were replaced.

Altogether 37 candidates, 17 in Silchar, 15 in Karimganj and five in Diphu, were in the fray. Noted among them were BJP's Kabindra Purkayastha and Joyram Engleng and Congress' Lalit Mohan Suklabaidya, Sushmita Dev and Biren Singh Engti.

Purkayastha, Suklabaidya and Biren Singh Engti were seeking re-election. A total of 2926,762 voters were eligible to exercise franchise.

In the Tripura East, there were 12 candidates in the fray. Prominent among them were CPI(M)'s Jitendra Chowdhury, who is the state's industries and commerce minister; Congress' Sachitra Debbarma, who is a prominent educationist; BJP's Parkshit Debbarma, and Trinamool Congress' Bhriguram Reang.

"An estimated 82% voters exercised their franchise, and the percentage could go up to 82.5," the state's CEO, Ashutosh Jindal, said. He added that polling had been peaceful and that four EVMs had to be replaced.

The CPI(M) has won in Tripura East 11 out of 15 times it contested between 1952 and 2009, and the party has been winning here consecutively since 1996.

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