A voter gets his finger inked at Sijubari LP School polling station on Thursday. Picture by UB Photos
Guwahati/Dhubri, April 24: Polling station number 156 at Sijubari Hatigaon LP School (right wing) created a record of sorts in the city as voting time had to be extended by two-and-a-half hours.
A polling officer told The Telegraph that voting continued at the polling station till 7.30pm as 1,084 voters exercised their franchise, one of the highest in Gauhati parliamentary seat.
The polling station has more than 1,600 voters.
The source said though the voting closed at 5pm, there was a long queue at the booth at that time and voting time had to be extended.
He attributed it to the large number of voters enrolled at the polling station and also to the fact that many voters turned up to exercise their franchise at the last hour to escape the scorching heat.
“We had to make special arrangements like additional lighting facilities for smooth polling after the dusk. This had also delayed the voting,” the source said.
“The huge turnout is a spectacular exercise of democratic rights by the people,” he added.
The process finally wound up the process around 9pm, the source said.
Polling officials and securitymen were on duty at the polling station for nearly 14 hours at a stretch.
In Dhubri constituency, too, the voting at Sajuarkutti village under Gauripur assembly segment could not conclude by 5pm.
“Nearly 1,300 voters exercised their franchise. Polling ended peacefully around 9pm,” returning officer K.C. Kalita told The Telegraph.
The people of this booth had boycotted the polls in protest against the indifference of the administration towards their long-pending demand to build a bridge over the Gadadhar river.
Polling also continued till 7pm in six booths under Gauripur, Bilasipara and Golokgunj under Dhubri constituency owing to EVM malfunctioning.