Voter Turnout Recorded in West Bengal's Fifth Phase Election

Voter Turnout Recorded in West Bengal's Fifth Phase Election

According to an official from the Election Commission, the voter turnout in seven Lok Sabha constituencies of West Bengal during the fifth phase of elections was reported to be 15.35 percent as of 9 am. Among these constituencies, Uluberia had the highest polling rate at 17.25 percent, followed by Arambag (SC) at 16.38 percent, Howrah at 15.20 percent, Bangaon (SC) at 15.19 percent, Barrackpore at 15.08 percent, Sreerampur at 14.43 percent, and Hooghly at 14.01 percent.

A total of 12,523,702 voters, including 6,351,320 men, 6,172,034 women, and 348 individuals from the third gender category, are eligible to cast their votes in these constituencies, spread across 13,481 polling stations. The Election Commission has identified more than 57 percent of these polling stations as sensitive and has deployed over 60,000 central forces personnel along with approximately 30,000 policemen to ensure security.

This phase of election in West Bengal has witnessed the highest number of security personnel deployment compared to the previous phases, aiming to maintain law and order during the polling process. Additionally, 88 candidates are contesting in the fifth phase, with the largest number of candidates being in Bongaon, where Union Minister Shantanu Thakur is up against TMC's Biswajit Das.