Guwahati (Assam), Mar 27 : The voting for the 47 constituencies in Phase-1 was over today. Men and women in large numbers queued up in front of the polling stations well before the voting started at 7 am.
Polling continued till 6 p.m as the Election Commission extended the time by an hour in view of the Covid-19 induced situations.
Around 8,109,815 voters will decided the fate of 264 candidates which included big shots like Chief Minister Sarbananada Sonowal, Atul Bora, Akhil Gogoi and Ripun Bora.
As many as 37 incumbent MLAs are re-contesting in the Assam phase 1 elections 2021, comprising 24 from BJP, 6 from Congress and AGP (Asom Gana Parishad) and one from AIUDF (All India United Democratic Front).
There were 23 women candidates and 78 independents in the fray for the first phase polls. Of the 81,09,815 voters, 40,77,210 are males, 40,32,481 are females and 124 are transgenders.
Some of the important seats to watch out for in Phase 1 of assembly elections in Assam are Majuli, where state CM Sarbananda Sonowal is contesting. Assam Congress President Ripun Bora is fighting from Gohpur. Jailed farmers’ rights activist and president of newly formed Raijor Dal Akhil Gogoi is in the fray from Sivsagar.
( With Agency inputs )