Kaliabor Lok Sabha constituency in Assam has recorded the highest percentage of polling among the five Lok Sabha constituencies that went to polls on Thursday.
While Kaliabor constituency recorded 82.09 per cent polling, Tezpur constituency came second by registering 79.15 per cent polling. Jorhat constituency followed the list with 77.49 per cent polling while Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur constituencies recorded 77.26 and 74.81 percent polling respectively, the officials said.
The overall polling in five constituencies recorded 78.23 per cent of polling, election department officials said on Friday.
The percentage of polling however, recorded some increase in Kaliabor which recorded 80.01 per cent polling followed by Tezpur with 77.86 per cent polling in 2014 LS polls. Jorhat also recorded increase in polling this year compared to 75.45 per cent polling in 2014.
Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur constituencies however, recorded decrease in polling this year. In 2014 Dibrugarh recorded 79.25 percent while Lakhimpur recorded 77.71 percent of polling.
It may be mentioned here that polling started at 7 am on Thursday across 9,754 polling stations in the five constituencies and ended at 5 pm. But the officials allowed the last man in the queue to cast his or her vote delaying the voting in some polling booths.
There were a total of 76,03,458 eligible electorates for the first phase of polls in Assam including 37,37,970 female and 154 belonging to third gender.
A total of 41 candidates are in the fray for the first phase of polls for the five constituencies in Assam.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has deployed a total of 180 companies of security personnel to ensure smooth polling across the 9,574 polling stations. Apart from this a minimum of one constable has been deployed in every polling station, officials at the office of the Chief Electoral Officer here said.
Officials said that a total of 614 micro observers have been used in the first phase of polls on Thursday followed by 151 flying squad team (FST), 137 static surveillance team (SST) and 118 video surveillance team.