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Elections largely peaceful in Bengal, turnout 73%

Kolkata: The seven Lok Sabha constituencies in Bengal that voted in the fifth phase recorded a voter turnout of around 73 per cent till 5 pm on Monday.

As many as 88 candidates, including 14 women, are in the fray for the fifth phase elections in Bengal.

Arambag (in Hooghly) saw a polling of 76.90 percent – ​​the highest among the seven parliamentary constituencies (PCs) that went to the polls.

Bongaon witnessed 75.53 percent votes, Uluberia 74.50 and Hooghly 74.17.

The other three constituencies witnessed a traditional picture of urban apathy when it comes to casting franchise and recorded a smaller voting percentage, with Barrackpore and Howrah both having 68.84, while Sreerampore saw 71.18 percent of the votes. A large part of these three constituencies consists of urban areas.

Apart from a few stray incidents, the elections were peaceful.

State Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Aariz Aftab, told reporters that 90 persons were arrested for maintaining law and order during elections, including 47 from Hooghly, 35 from Howrah, 7 from Bongaon and one from Barrackpore.

The EC had made extensive security arrangements through the deployment of more than 60,000 central forces (613 companies) and 25,590 state forces.

The total number of poll workers involved in Monday’s election was 64709, while the total number of micro observers was 967.