Kolkata: The overall polling percentage at 9 a.m. was 16.94, with Balurghat recording 17.28, Malda North 16.11, Malda south 16.22, Jangipur 17.54 and Murshidabad 17.54, an Election Commission official said.
A total of 80,23,846 voters are eligible to register their choice in 8,528 polling stations that will decide the fate of 61 candidates, six of whom were women.
Altogether 324 companies of central force personnel have been deployed in the state, covering over 92 per cent of the polling stations across the five constituencies. The CAPF deployment has been highest in Murshidabad district (96 per cent) followed by Malda (91.4 per cent).
Crude bombs were hurled outside polling stations by bike-bourne miscreants in Malda South constituency’s Kaliachawk, known for its history of political violence. No one could be identified as the miscreants were wearing helmets.
Following the incident, a large number of state police and central force personnel rushed to the spot. In Malda North seat, faulty EVMs were reported in a few polling stations stalling voting for sometime.
In Mushidabad’s Domkal, the husband of a Trinamool Congress counsellor was allegedly beaten up. Members of the state ruling party blamed Congress backed goons for the incident.
The Balurghat constituency is witnessing an intense battle between sitting Trinamool MP Arpita Ghosh, BJP’s Sukanta Majumdar and Ranen Barman of the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), a constituent of the Left Front.