|Women voters in Titabar on Monday. Picture by UB Photos
Sivasagar/Dhemaji, Sept. 30: The first election of Sonowal Kachari Autonomous Council held today recorded 60 per cent turnout.
The council, which has 26 constituencies, is spread over Tinsukia, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji and Golaghat districts in Assam.
Assam state election commissioner Biren Dutta told The Telegraph that reports received so far show a 72 per cent turnout in Dibrugarh and 33 per cent in Golaghat. He said the number would rise. “We will be able to calculate the exact turnout by tomorrow. As of now, I can say the turnout was 60 per cent.”
Sources said Dhemaji reported a turnout of 80 per cent voters in 50 polling stations. Altogether 23 candidates were in the fray in the four constituencies of the district. There were 33,936 voters to decide the fate of the candidates in four constituencies — Dhemaji, Jonai, Gogamukh and Batgharia — in the district.
The Congress has fielded candidates in all the four constituencies, while the BJP and the AGP are fighting in two constituencies.
Neighbouring Lakhimpur on the north bank of the Brah-maputra reported a turnout of 75 per cent in the three constituencies of the district.
Titabar SDO (civil) Rashmi Korati said there was 45.17 per cent polling in the 16 polling booths in the two Sonowal Kachari Autonomous Council constituencies which fall under Titabar sub-division of Jorhat district. Polling was peaceful in both Borholla and Bajalkota constituencies here today.
A turnout of 72 per cent voters has been reported from the 11 constituencies of Dibrugarh district. Polling was conducted in 110 polling stations and there were 54 candidates in the fray in the district.
Tinsukia reported a polling percentage of 62.33. There are 25,865 voters and 54 polling stations in the district. A total of 25 candidates were in the fray in five constituencies of the district.
Altogether 62 per cent voters cast their votes in the Rajabari constituency of Siva-sagar district to decide the fate of four candidates.
“There was no report of any untoward incident from anywhere during polling. We deployed adequate security personnel to maintain order at all polling stations. Voters braved heavy rain at some places to turn out in large numbers,” Dutta said.
He said the counting of votes for 26 constituencies of the autonomous council would be held on October 10.
“The commission is hopeful of declaring all results before the Durga Puja vacation in the state which will start from October 11.”