West Bengal Assembly polls: Despite Covid surge, voters turn up in hordes
Amid an alarming surge in coronavirus cases, at least 78.36 per cent of voters turned up to exercise their franchise during the fifth phase of polling in 45 Assembly constituencies spread in six districts of West Bengal till 5 pm on Thursday.
Jalpaiguri (7 seats) recorded 81.73% turnout, followed by Purba Bardhaman (8) at 81.72%, Nadia (8) 81.57%, Darjeeling (5) 74.31%, and North 24 Parganas (16) with 74.83%. Kalimpong recorded the lowest turnout at 69.56%.
'By and large polling has been peaceful in Bengal today barring a few incidents of some violence,' a senior official at the state Chief Electoral Office said.