A paramilitary personnel distributes facemasks to voters standing in queue to cast their ballots outside a polling station during Phase 1 of West Bengal's legislative election in Purulia district on 27 March 2021
A paramilitary personnel distributes facemasks to voters standing in queue to cast their ballots outside a polling station during Phase 1 of West Bengal's legislative election in Purulia district on 27 March 2021AFP

West Bengal on Monday recorded a voter turnout of 17.95 per cent till 9:35 am across 34 constituencies in the seventh and penultimate phase of the State Assembly elections.

The Murshidabad district reported the highest turnout so far with 19.53 per cent turnout, while Kolkata Sourth reported the lowest so far with 13.07 per cent. A turnout of 18.77 per cent was reported in Dakshin Dinajpur, 18.87 in Malda, and 17.24 in Paschim Bardhaman.

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A total of 268 candidates, including 37 women are in the fray in this phase of the West Bengal elections.

The phase will witness an intense battle in six constituencies in Dakshin Dinajpur, six in Malda, nine in Murshidabad, nine in Paschim Bardhaman and four in Kolkata, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

West Bengal is going through an eight-phased assembly election this year. Polling for phases 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the state elections took place on 27 March, 1 April, 6 April, 10 April, 17 April and 22 April respectively.

Polling for the final phase will be held on 29 April while the counting of votes will take place on 2 May.

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