High turnout in first of five state elections
Turnout in the Assam state election was said to be around 66% yesterday (4th April 2011). The state which is home to 27 million people is currently run by Congress and is the home state of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Yesterday’s voting was the first phase with a second phase taking place on 11th April. In the second phase around 9.6 million people will vote for 496 candidates to fill 64 of the 126 seats in the state assembly.
The Election Commission said that 66.24% of the nearly 8.5 million voters had turned out to vote for 485 candidates to fill 62 of the 126 seats in the state assembly in this first phase.