The third and last phase of Assam election that saw 82.29 per cent turnout till 7 pm, went on mostly peacefully amidst tight security barring few sporadic incidents of violences and disturbances in some areas, an election officials said.
There were 79,19,641 voters, including 39,07,963 females and 139 transgenders in the third phase while 337 candidates were at the frey at 1140 polling booths in the 40 constituencies spread across 12 districts in Western Assam, Bodoland Territorial Region and capital city Guwahati went on polls at 7 am on Tuesday.
The third phase also saw the highest voters turnout as the first phase that had 47 seats and second phase that has 39 seats saw 79.97% and 80.96% turnout respectively.
There were reports of a clash between two groups of people at a polling station in Dighaltari lower primary school at Golakganj. Police had to resort to lathicharge and fired blank rounds in the air to control the situation. No one was injured, an election official said.
The polling at that particular booth was stopped for a brief period and resumed soon after, the official said.
At a booth at Guptipara in Bilasipara West constituency, security personnel were attacked by a group of people over distribution of free masks. Here too the police resorted to lathicharge when the attackers threw stones at the polling station.
As a result, voting at the polling station was interrupted for about half-an-hour and then resumed normalcy, officials said.
In a polling booth in Bongaigaon, police had to resort to batton there when a huge crowd arrived and violated COVID-19 preventive protocols, an official of the force said.
Another polling station in the same constituency witnessed commotion when the presiding officer went to help a differently abled person to cast his vote. The situation was brought under control immediately by the police, an election official said.
In another incident police detained at least two persons from a polling booth at Kamrup Academy Higher Secondary School in Guwahati for allegedly distributing inside it BJP pamphlets carrying minister Siddhartha Bhattacharya’s pictures.
Around 10 people have been detained from different constituencies where voting is on, officials said. EVM malfunctioning was reported in several polling centers and voting in those resumed after the machines were replaced, officials said.
The police on Tuesday morning arrested a zonal officer from Barpeta Road in Assam’s Barpeta district and seized two electronic voting machines (EVMs) meant to be used in the ongoing elections.
Locals after noticing the officer Manjum Deka travelling with the EVMs without any security intervened and handed over to police.