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Polling underway for 34 seats in seventh phase of West Bengal Assembly elections
Kolkata, April 26, 2021
Polling was underway amidst tight security this morning for 34 seats in the seventh phase of the elections to the 294-member West Bengal Legislative Assembly.
Voting, which began at 7 am, will end at 6.30 pm.
The 34 constituencies are spead over five districts -- Kolkata, Burdwan, South Dinajpur, Malda and Murshidabad.
There are a total of 268 candidates in the fray in these 34 constituencies, including 37 women. More than 81.88 lakh voters, including 39.87 lakh women, are eligible to exercise their franchise in these constituencies.
In all, the Election Commission of India (ECI) has set up 11,376 polling stations in these 34 constituencies.
The ECI has made elaborate arrangements to ensure a free and fair poll and has, among other things, deployed 653 companies of Central forces for this phase of polling.
Polling was originally scheduled in 36 constituencies in this phase, but the process was deferred in two constituencies -- Samserganj and Jangipur -- by the ECI following the deaths of one candidate each.
The ruling Trinamool Congress and the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are contesting all 34 seats. The Congress, the Left parties and the Indian Secular Front are fighting the elections under the banner of Sanyukta Morcha.
Polliing for the 294 Assembly seats in West Bengal is being held in eight phases. The first six phases of voting were held on March 27, April 1, April 6, April 10, April 17 and April 22. The eighth and last phase of polling is scheduled for April 29.
Polling has already been completed in Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry -- the other States where elections were held.
Counting of votes will be taken up in all five States on May 2 and all the results are expected by that evening.