Guwahati: Assam recorded a voter turnout of 78.94 per cent till 6 pm the stipulated time of the polling for the last and final phase of the elections in the state.
However, the long queues were still witnessed in many polling stations, where voting is underway.
As per the ECI guidelines that voters will be allowed to exercise their franchise once they get into the campus of the polling station.
Barring few stray incidents of EVM malfunctioning, an incident where EVM was being escorted without security in Lower Assam’s Barpeta district, voting remained more or less peaceful.
In the last phase, 40 assembly segments went into polls in 12 districts of Assam including the capital town of Assam Guwahati.
Voting for the third and final phase of Assam elections commenced at 7 am with voters queuing up many polling centres to cast their votes at the crack of the dawn.
A total of 79, 19,641 voters will decide the fate of 337 candidates in the 40 assembly segments spread over the 12 districts in Lower Assam.
Four constituencies of the capital town Guwahati is also going to polls in the final phase of elections. There are six seats reserved for STs and two for SCs.
There are 25 women candidates in the fray.
Of the 79,19,641 voters, who are illegible to vote in phase III, 40,11,539 are males, 39,07,963 females and 139 transgenders.
The constituency having the highest number of electors in Phase-3 is Dispur with 607 polling booths having 4, 11,636 electors.
The constituency having the lowest number of electors in Phase-III is Chapaguri in Baksa with 236 polling stations having 1, 59,257 voters.
The fate of many politicians including BJP’ star campaigner Himanta Biswa Sarma who is contesting from Jalukbari will get sealed in the ballot box.
Others who are in the fray include Chandra Mohan Patowary from Dharampur, Siddhartha Bhattacharya from Gauhati East, Asom Gana Parishad’s Phanibhushan Choudhury from Bongaigaon, BJP state chief Ranjeet Kumar Dass from Patacharkuchi, Pramila Rani Brahma from Kokrajhar-East and Kokrajhar MP Naba Sarania from Barama.
The fate of 20 sitting MLAs, including eight from the Congress, five from the BJP, three each from the AIUDF and BPF and one from AGP, will be decided in the final phase.