Kolkata: Nearly 62 per cent votes were cast till 1 PM in West Bengal, where polling is underway in six Lok Sabha constituencies in the fourth of the five-phase election in the state to decide the fate of 72 candidates.
“On an average, 61.6 per cent of the total 88,77,071 voters have cast their votes in the first six hours of polling in the six constituencies of Jhargram, Midnapore, Purulia, Bankura, Bishnupur and Asansol,” the OSD in CEO's office Amit Roy Chowdhury said here.
Barring replacement of 17 EVMs during mock polling and thereafter due to malfunctioning in a number of booths, voting is peaceful except for some stray incidents, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Sunil Gupta said.
“We have not yet received report of any major incident regarding disruption of law and order or complaint of booth jamming or violation of the model code of conduct,” he said.
In a major move, the Election Commission has stepped up security arrangements for Jangalmahal, formerly a stronghold area of the Maoists, during today's poll with deployment of adequate central forces in and around all polling stations.