29th April, 2021
Voting for the eighth and final phase of the Bengal assembly elections will be held on Thursday. Votes have started pouring in since seven in the morning. These votes are being cast in the midst of the Corona epidemic. In the eighth and final round of the 294-seat state assembly, votes are being cast in 35 assembly seats, including seven in Kolkata, 11 in Birbhum, 11 in Murshidabad, and 6 in Malda district. The counting of votes will take place on May 2. Exit polls of various news channels will be shown after 6:30 pm, after voting ends, whose government is going to be formed in Bengal.
-Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to the people to cast their vote following the Kovid protocol in the ongoing voting for the eighth and final phase of the West Bengal Assembly elections. PM Modi tweeted, 'Today is the last phase election in West Bengal. I appeal to the people to follow the Kovid Protocol to cast their vote and join the festival of democracy. '
Polling station number 188 in Birbhum, polling started half an hour late due to disturbances in EVMs.
Actor and BJP leader Mithun Chakraborty cast his vote at a polling station in Kashipur-Belgachia in North Kolkata during the last phase of West Bengal. During this, he said that I had never voted so peacefully before. I congratulate all the security personnel.
Actor and BJP leader Mithun Chakraborty cast his vote for the final phase of #WestBengalPolls , at a polling station in Kashipur-Belgachia, North Kolkata
He says, "I had never voted so peacefully ever before. I must congratulate all the security personnel." pic.twitter.com/3nXS3UvkDI
- ANI (@ANI) April 29, 2021
In Bengal, polling for 35 seats for the eighth and final phase starts at 7:00 am. In the morning, voters are seen queuing up at various booths in four districts including Kolkata to cast their votes.
In West Bengal, for the eighth and final round, people reached the polling booth before 7 o'clock in the morning. The photos are outside the polling station number 23/24 in Malda, where voters have lined up.
- ANI (@ANI) April 29, 2021
Unprecedented security arrangements
The Election Commission has made unprecedented security arrangements to prevent violence in the eighth phase. 753 companies of the Central Security Force have been deployed. It has been deployed in Birbhum, Murshidabad, and Malda districts notorious for the most violence. For security in the Birbhum district, 224 Central Security Force companies will be deployed, 212 in Murshidabad, 110 in Malda, and 95 in Kolkata North.
84.78 lakh voters to cast votes at 11,860 booths
The fate of the candidates of these 35 seats will be decided by 84,77,728 voters including 41,21,735 women voters and 158 transgender voters. The number of male voters in these is 43,55,835. Voting will begin at 7 am on Thursday and will run till 6:30 pm. A total of 11,860 booths have been set up for voting. There are 3908 polling booths in Birbhum, 2073 in Malda, 3796 in Murshidabad, and 2083 in Kolkata North.
Re-polling will take place at a booth in Sheetalchi of Cooch Behar today
Due to the death and violence of four people in the firing of security forces, a booth in the Sheetalkuchi assembly seat in the Cooch Behar district will also be republished on Thursday. Voting has been held in 257 seats in Bengal, but only one booth has been voted for. However, polling will be held on May 16 in Jangipur and Shamsherganj, two assembly seats in the Murshidabad district. Because two leading candidates of both these seats were killed by Corona.
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