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GUWAHATI: Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) elections in Udalguri and Baksa districts on December 7, was reportedly conducted peacefully with a voter turnout of 75.21 per cent recorded till closing time, official sources informed.
Sources, however, said that many voters were still queuing up to cast their votes at several polling centres even after 7 pm.
“The polling percentage recorded up to closing time (of polling, which is 4.30 pm) was 75.21. The final polling percentage will be declared later on,” the website of the Assam State Election Commission posted.
About 130 candidates from major political parties, including primary contenders, BJP and Bodoland People’s Front, are contesting the polls in ten constituencies of Udalguri and 11 in Baksa district.
The 21 constituencies have a total electorate of over 13 lakh. Polling was held through ballot paper.
The volunteers maintained COVID protocols such as thermal scanning, providing hand sanitisers and face masks as a preventive measure, to safeguard from the virus.
Voting for the other 19 constituencies in Kokrajhar and Chirang districts will take place in the second phase on December 10, it was reported.
Counting will take place on December 12.
(Edited by Gabriel G Momin)