A voter turnout of 16.27% was recorded till 10.30 am on Saturday as 45 seats of six districts in West bengal went to polls in the fifth phase of Assembly elections in the state. The fifth phase was the largest one in terms of number of seats going to polls.
Meanwhile, a Bharatiya Janata Party candidate polling agent died at a booth in Kamarhati town. The death was not caused by any incident of violence and the Election Commission has sought a report on the matter.
A total of 5,319 candidates are in fray, including state ministers Bratya Basu and Gautam Deb. Among Bharatiya Janata Party candidates, Jagannath Sarkar, one of the five MPs fielded by the party, is up in the contention.
On Friday evening, the Election Commission ordered a 72-hour “silence period”, instead of the usual 48 hours, for the remaining rounds of voting. The poll body also said that, in view of the coronavirus situation, election rallies and meetings will not be allowed between 7 pm and 10 am.