Over 84% turnout in phase IV of Bengal polls

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An estimated 84.8 per cent voting has been recorded in the fourth round of the Assembly polls in West Bengal which passed off peacefully, the Election Commission announced on Tuesday.

However, the turnout is set to go up as people were till waiting to cast their franchise in some places, Deputy Election Commissioner Vinod Zutshi told reporters in New Delhi.

“Polling has gone off very peacefully just like the previous three phases,” he said.

In the 2006 Assembly polls, these 63 constituencies spread over Howrah, Hoogly, Purba Medinipur and parts of Burdwan districts had witnessed 83.19 per cent voting, he said.

The EC had put Chief Electoral Officers of Bihar and Orissa as special observers, over and above the general observers and expenditure observers to monitor the polls.

People boycotted polling in four polling stations on developmental issues and the Commission has removed two presiding officers following complaints from observers, Mr. Zutshi said.

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