Assam elections: 77 pc turnout recorded in first phase; polling peaceful

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Guwahati: The first phase of polling in Assam was held peacefully in Assam on Saturday when around 77 per cent of the total 81.09 lakh voters exercised their franchise in 47 constituencies adhering to COVID-19 protocols, an Election Commission official said.
The fate of 264 candidates including Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami, state Congress president Ripun Bora and jailed anti-CAA activist Akhil Gogoi was sealed in the first of the three-phase election for the 126-member assembly in the state.
An estimated 76.89 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 6 pm when the voting ended, the official said.
“The poll percentage may increase a bit after final compilation,” Joint Chief Electoral Officer Rahul Ch Das said.
He said that polling passed off peacefully across the state and there was no report of any untoward incident.
However, the Polling Officer of Sonari Salkathani booth, Tulsi Khanikar, died while on duty.
“He fell sick and died on the way to Dibrugarh for treatment. He died on the way,” an official of Dibrugarh district said.
The Covid protocol officer of Lahowal constituency in Dibrugarh district, Munin Pathak, was picked up by the police when he threatened some voters with a pistol during an altercation over following the protocols, the official added.