To Prevent Chappa Vote, Polling Booths Witnessed Early Voters Queue

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Kolkata: Voters in 116 Lok Sabha seats spread across 14 states and 2 Union Territories will exercise their franchise on Tuesday in the third phase of Lok Sabha election. The polling for 5 out of 42 seats in West Bengal is scheduled to take place on Tuesday in the third phase. The seats which will go to vote are Balurghat, Maldaha Uttar, Maldaha Dakshin, Jangipur and Murshidabad.

Voters queue outside polling booth in Kotwali Junior Basic School, in Malda; 5 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state are voting in the third phase of general elections today. From the early morning, a long queue of ordinary people will see outside at the polling stations. To prevent Chappa vote, people came at the early morning to caste their votes.

But in the last two rounds of elections, state witnessed chappa votes. Central forces have not deployed at many polling stations. The demand for deployment of central forces among the voters has also been raised.

Central forces are being deployed to man more than 92 per cent of the polling stations in the third phase of Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal due on April 23, an official said on Saturday.

“Over 92 per cent of the booths will be covered by Central forces for the third phase of elections while state armed police force will be deployed in rest of the booths,” said Additional Chief Electoral Officer Sanjay Basu.

Voters in five constituencies — Malda North, Malda South, Jangipur, Murshidabad and Balurghat — will cast their votes in the third phase.