LIVE | Assam Polls 2021: Voter turnout at 37.06 per cent till 1 pm


Assam Congress President Ripun Bora casts his vote at a polling booth in Gohpur.

Polling percentage till 1 pm is 37.06 per cent. 

Sivasagar Election District's Model Polling Station


Polling percentage in Dibrugarh district till 1pm: Moran 31 per cent; Dibrugarh 32 per cent; Lahoal 31 per cent; Duliajan 34 per cent; Tingkhong 32 per cent; Naharkatia 33 per cent; Chabua 32 per cent

In Dhemaji district, 46.50 per cent was recorded in Dhemaji LAC and 42.70 per cent in Jonai.

In Sivasagar district, 50.60 per cent was recorded in Amguri constituency, 51.25 per cent in Sibsagar and 52.50 per cent in Thowra.

In Golaghat district, 45.81 per cent was recorded in Golaghat constituency and 46.23 per cent in Khumtai constituency.

Polling percentage recorded at till 11.30 am is 26.13 per cent.

Selfie Corner at Nazira
Voters sanitise themselves before voting at Lakhimpur polling station

The voter turnout till 11 am stands at 25.88 per cent as polling is underway across 47 assembly constituencies, according to the Election Commission of India (ECI). Sources said Sivasagar constituency recorded the highest voting percentage till now with a 28.38 per cent turnout.

Latest polling percentage till 11 am in Dibrugarh district: Moran: 22 per cent; Dibrugarh: 21 per cent; Lahowal: 21 per cent; Duliajan: 23 per cent; Tingkhong: 22 per cent; Naharkatia: 21 per cent; Chabua: 21 per cent

All women polling station at MDKG college in Dibrugarh.
First time voter

Congress leader Gaurav Gogoi cast his vote at a polling booth in Jorhat. 

It's a very emotional moment for me as it's the first time after many years that I'm coming to a polling station without my parents. Confident that people are going to vote out politics of lies & deceit & voting for politics that guarantees that their future is bright: ANI quoted Gaurav Gogoi.

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal cast his vote at Dibrugarh Sahitiya Sabha Bhavan. 

CM Sarbananda Sonowal casts his vote

"Voters are coming in large numbers to cast their votes. It's a good sign. We will definitely form the government," Sonowal said.

CM Sarbananda Sonowal

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The polling percentage breakup in Tinsukia district from 7 am to 9 am: Tinsukia: 10.70 per cent; Digboi LAC: 10.00 per cent; Doomdooma LAC: 11.00 per cent; Tinsukia LAC: 11.00 per cent

"Your vote is your right. As we step into the first phase of #AssamAssemblyPolls," Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal tweeted.

Till 9.30 am, polling percentage in Assam is 10.14 per cent, says joint CEO Rahul Das

Polling percentage till 9 am in Moran is 14 per cent; Dibrugarh 13 per cent; Lahoal 13 per cent; Duliajan 14 per cent; Tingkhong 13 per cent; Naharkatia 13 per cent and Chabua 14 per cent. 

The three main alliances include BJP-led National Democratic Alliance with partners Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) and United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL); Mahajot or Grand Alliance led by the Congress, including All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), Bodoland Peoples' Front (BPF) and the Left parties; and a regional alliance consisting of Assam Jatiya Party (AJP) and Raijor Dal.

The Congress has put up 43 candidates, AJP-41, BJP-39, AGP-10, over 78 independents and other parties-53.

There are about 264 candidates, including 23 women, who are fighting for 47 seats. There are over 81 lakh voters, including 40.32 lakh women and about 124 Third Gender persons.

"The first phase of the Assam Assembly elections will be held today. We urge the voters to set a new record by participating in this celebration of democracy with the highest turnout. Special attention should be paid to the wearing of masks and maintaining social distance," BJP national president JP Nadda tweeted. 

It may be reminded that the BJP and its allies had swept the election in Upper Assam in 2016. They had won 35 out of 47 seats in the last elections.

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Dibrugarh MLA Prasanta Phukan cast his vote in Lahowal

Prasanta Phukan

"The first phase of elections begin in Assam. Urging those eligible to vote in record numbers. I particularly call upon my young friends to vote," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on Assam polls.

First voter welcomed with a gamosa and a sapling at the model polling station in Batadraba constituency.

Voters welcomed with gamosa

PwD (People with Disability) voter greeted with a gamosa at the Model Polling Station in Rupohi Nagaon election district.

PwD voter exercises his franchise

Dibrugarh Superintendent of Police Preetak Thube takes stock of polling stations in Dibrugarh

Dibrugarh SP reviews situation

Dibrugarh district is a key area in Assam with seven Legislative Assembly seats namely Dibrugarh, Lahowal, Chabua, Tingkong, Duliajan, Naharkatia and Moran.

80 years old voter cast his vote
First time voter, Juri Buragohain

"I cast my vote for the first time. It was a good experience and the polling officials helped me cast my vote," says a first-time voter Juri Buragohain.

The first phase will decide the fate of some prominent faces like Sarbananda Sonowal, Prasanta Phukan, Sanjoy Kishan, Debabrata Sakia, Lurinjyoti Gogoi, Akhil Gogoi, Pranati Phukan and Rupjyoti Kurmi.

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal will cast his vote at Sahityarathi Laxminath Bezbaruah Sahitya Sabha in Dibrugarh today. 

Sonowal is eyeing for a second term.

It may be mentioned that the tea garden votes will be a major deciding factor in this election. 

The first phase covers the entire Upper Assam and parts of Central Assam.

This will be the first assembly election in Assam after the death of Congress stalwart, Tarun Gogoi

Voters seen maintaining social distancing at polling station in Dibrugarh

Voters waiting to cast their votes
Safety before voting

Polling in the first phase of the Assam Assembly Elections 2021 begins in 47constituencies

Voters are seen queing outside the polling stations with strict adherence to COVID protocols.

Voters waiting at polling station in Dibrugarh

With a majority of the constituencies falling under Upper Assam, political parties are focusing on the tea districts as the tea tribes will reportedly decide the fate of the elections in the state.

Also Read: Assam gears up for Assembly polls, CM Sarbananda Sonowal to cast vote on March 27

According to CEO Assam, 2,33,74,087 people are eligible to vote in the Assembly elections in Assam.

Of these, 1,32,081 voters have disabilities; 2,89,474 voters are above the age of 80; 12,81,918 are newly enrolled voters; 5,05,874 voters are in the age group of 18-19 years and 63,074 are service voters.

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