WB Polls : 62% Polling Recorded Till 1 pm

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KOLKATA : Over 61 percent voters cast their vote till 1 pm in the two areas of East Midnapore and Coochbehar in the 6th and last phase of West Bengal polls today.

While East Midnapore locale recorded 63.61 for percent surveying, 58.81 for each penny votes were cast in Cooch Behar. The general normal till 1 pm was 61.88 for percent, EC sources said.

For the first time since Independence, 9,776 residents of border enclaves in Cooch Behar are exercising their franchise, made possible by the formal inclusion of the enclaves in Indian territory last year.

Among them was 103-year-old Asgar Ali who came along with family members of three generations to cast ballots for the first time.

Although Election Commission officials were worried about the possibility of rainfall in Cooch Behar, there was no rain till noon today.

An electorate of over 58 lakh is eligible to cast ballots at 6,774 polling stations till 6 pm in 25 constituencies.

In all 170 candidates, including 18 women, are in the fray in this phase.

The poll panel has deployed 361 companies of central forces who are assisted by a contingent of 12,000 state police personnel. Prohibitory orders under section 144 CrPC have been promulgated today to curb any unlawful assembly.