The fifth and penultimate phase of West Assembly polls in 53 constituencies today recorded a voter turnout of 78.25 per cent and polling was peaceful, even as FIRs were registered against two Presiding Officers and a TMC candidate for alleged intimidation of voters and for helping a particular party.
Elections Commission’s Deputy Election Commissioner and in-charge of West Bengal, Sandeep Saxena told a press conference that, “based on SMS-based information from polling officers, at 5 PM the voter turnout in fifth phase was 78.25 per cent.”
This is against 82.77 per cent final voting recorded during the 2011 assembly elections in the three districts of Hoogly, Kolkata South district and South 24-Parganas, that went to polls today. In 2014 Parliamentary elections, the said area recorded a polling percentage of 80.22 per cent.
“Three FIRs have also been registered in an otherwise peaceful polls and 17 arrests have been made so far and more arrests are likely,” he said.
An FIR was registered against Sonali Guha, the Trinamool Congress candidate from Satgachhia assembly constituency, for allegedly intimidating voters by instructing her polling agents to shoo away the voters of opposite candidate.
Another FIR was registered against presiding officers in Tarkeshwar and Arambagh, for allegedly helping a particular candidate and party.