Guwahati: Voting for 5% of the seats in Assam started on Thursday at 7 in the morning. Out of all registered in the electoral roll, 25% had exercised their franchise till 11.30 AM in the morning. Election officials gave this information.
[pullquote]The eminent citizens who exercised their franchise early in the morning included former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and his family members[/pullquote]
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal cast his vote in Dibrugarh.
State chief electoral officer Mukesh Sahu said that the voting has been peaceful so far. In some places, there was some delay due to malfunctioning EVMs.
A police official said that an IED was recovered near an oil pipeline passing through a tea garden at Duliajan in the district of Dibrugarh, Assam.
There are 76,03,458 voters in Tezpur, Kaliabor, Jorhat, Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur in the State.
Of these, 38,65,334 are men and 37,37,970 are women voters while 154 are transgenders. They will decide the political fate of 41 candidates.
Sahu said that the malfunctioning EVMs have been replaced, whichever polling stations they had been reported from. The details of these polling stations will be released by the election authority in the evening.
Lakhimpur and Kaliabor constituencies reported that some of the EVMs were not working properly, which resulted in polling delays.
Security has been tightened at 9,574 polling booths created in the State.
The eminent citizens who exercised their franchise early in the morning included former Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and his family members.
The Lok Sabha election is being held in three phases in Assam on 11, 18 and 23 April.
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