Kolkata, April 26
Polling started at 7 am on Monday for 34 seats within the seventh phase of the Assembly elections in West Bengal, amid tight safety and a rampaging second wave of Covid.
Long queues have been seen outdoors most polling cubicles the place voting is underneath means adhering to Covid protocols.
Over 86 lakh voters will determine the destiny of 284 candidates on this phase.
Security measures have been heightened in view of the violence within the earlier phases, significantly the demise of 5 individuals in Cooch Behar within the fourth spherical of polling on April 10, an Election Commission official stated.
The ballot panel has deployed at the least 796 corporations of central forces within the seventh phase to make sure free and honest voting, he stated.
It has additionally put in place measures to make sure strict adherence to well being protocols in the course of the election course of, together with carrying face masks and sustaining social-distancing.
The state registered its highest single-day spike of 15,889 Covid circumstances on Sunday, whereas 57 extra individuals succumbed to the virus.
Voting is being held at 12,068 polling stations unfold over 9 Assembly constituencies every in Murshidabad and Paschim Bardhaman districts, six every in Dakshin Dinajpur and Malda and 4 in Kolkata, together with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s residence turf Bhabanipur.
Polling will proceed until 6.30 pm.
Elections to 2 Assembly constituecies – Samserganj and Jangipur in Murshidabad district – have been adjourned following the demise of two coronavirus-positive candidates.
The EC has fastened May 16 because the date for polling in these two seats.
Six rounds of the eight-phased Assembly election within the state have already taken place, with the final phase scheduled for Thursday.
Votes will probably be counted on Sunday. PTI