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West Bengal starts six phase vote today


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The state of West Bengal has started its six phase state elections today with voting taking place in 54 constituencies across the six most northern districts.

Around 9.7 million people will be voting for 364 candidates and the fate of 11 ministers will be sealed today. Around 14% turnout was recorded in the first two hours in the 12,133 polling stations with voting starting at 7 a.m. and going through to 5 p.m. local time.

In all 294 seats are being contested in six phases. Today 54 seats are contested, on 23rd April another 75 seats will be contested, then 50 on 27th April, 63 on 3rd May, 38 on 7th May and finally 14 on 10th May.

The count for all districts will be on 13th May. The current state government is run by the Left Democratic Front.

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