Assam: Higher voter turnout in second phase of BTC polls

Altogether 111 candidates are in the fray in the second phase of the polls.
Assam: Higher voter turnout in second phase of BTC polls
Voters queue up to a polling centre in Kokrajhar district on Thursday Ritu Raj Konwar(Picture by UB Photos)

GUWAHATI

The second phase of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) elections on December 10 recorded a higher voter turnout than the first last Monday.

The Assam State Election Commission website put the tentative polling percentage in the second phase in Kokrajhar and Chirang districts at 78.80 per cent till closing time, even as the last figure is expected to push 80 per cent or go beyond.

The first phase saw several voters coming out to the polling booths, recording a final voter turnout of 77.01 per cent in Baksa and Udalguri districts last Monday.

Like in the first phase, polling continued beyond the closing time of 4.30 pm on Thursday.

According to reports, the voting, which began in the 1400-odd polling stations across 19 constituencies in the two districts from 7.30 am, was peaceful, barring a few incidents of stone-pelting from one of the voting centers of Chirang.

It may be mentioned that unidentified miscreants near Kokrajhar town attacked a convoy belonging to president Pramod Boro of the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) on Wednesday evening, just hours before the second phase polls.

Altogether 111 candidates are in the fray in the second phase of the polls held amid tight security and strict COVID-19 protocols.

Meanwhile, Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) chief Hagrama Mohilary said he was confident of his party winning at least 31 seats in the BTC polls.

“We will win 15 seats in Kokrajhar and Chirang and 16 seats in Baksa and Udalguri,” Mohilary said after casting his vote at a polling station in Debargaon constituency (where he is contesting with UPPL) in Kokrajhar district on Thursday morning.

Three-tier security has been in place to guard the sealed ballot boxes in the strong room till counting day on December 12.

(Edited by Laxmi Chyrmang)

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