Record 84% turnout in first phase of WB elections

Polling was held for 54 Assembly seats spread over six northern districts on Monday.

Updated: Apr 20, 2011, 00:06 AM IST

Kolkata/Siliguri: There was record 84.11 percent turnout in the first phase of the West Bengal assembly elections, officials said Tuesday.

Polling was held in 54 constituencies in six districts Monday. The turnout surpassed the previous best of 82.77 percent polling in the 2006 assembly poll.

Chief Electoral Officer Sunil Kumar Gupta had said the polling percentage was 74.22 percent after the elections ended Monday. "The turnout figure is provisional and it is likely to go up," he had added.

The final figure after late night counting took the figure up to 84.11 percent. South Dinajpur tops the list recording 89.35 percent votes, followed by Jalpaiguri with 86.72 percent. Besides, Cooch Behar recorded 85.72 percent, Malda 82.50 percent, North Dinajpur 81.10 percent and Darjeeling 78.90 percent.

Enthusiasm was high as first time voters and old timers voted in strength to choose their representatives from among 364 candidates in the six districts that has over 97 lakh eligible voters.

The next polling dates are April 23 (50 constituencies), April 27 (75), May 3 (63), May 7 (38) and May 10 (14). The votes will be counted May 13.