Lesser voting percentage in Jangipur LS by-election



Kolkata: Sixty per cent polling was recorded in the by-election to Jangipur Lok Sabha constituency in West Bengal on Wednesday as against 84.71 per cent polling registered for the same seat in the 2009 election.

However, the polling figures are set to go up as many voters were still standing in the queue in many booths even after voting was over at 5 pm, West Bengal chief electoral officer Sunil Gupta said.

The by-election was incident-free, he said.

However, voters boycotted exercising their franchise in 26 booths on development issues and Murshidabad district magistrate held series of meetings with those who gave call to boycott voting.

The by-poll was politically significant with President Pranab Mukherjee's son Abhijit Mukherjee contesting as one of the 11 candidates.

In the last assembly election in 2011, Jangipur recorded 85.97 per cent votes, he said.

The constituency has a total electorate of over 12.41 lakh.

Out of the 1,530 polling stations, 208 were declared sensitive and 379 critical.

PTI