78.36 per cent voting in Phase 5 of West Bengal election
Over one crore voters were eligible to exercise their franchise amid tight security measures. As many as 319 candidates, including 39 women, were in the fray in the fifth phase.
Voting for the fifth phase of West Bengal assembly elections ended with 78.36% voter turnout.
Queues were witnessed outside polling booths in 45 assembly segments where voting is underway in accordance with Covid-19 protocols.
Over one crore voters can exercise their franchise amid tight security measures. The fourth phase of polling had seen violence which saw five deaths in the Cooch Behar district, including four in CISF firing.
As many as 319 candidates, including 39 women, are in the fray in the fifth phase.
An assessment done by the Association for Democratic Reforms revealed that one-fourth of the total candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves.
The current phase is significant for West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as it includes regions like the hill districts of Darjeeling and Kalimpong, where the BJP gained a significant foothold in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.