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On Tuesday, polling was conducted in the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry for the first phase and the third part in Assam and West Bengal. A sum total of 1,53,538 polling Stations spread across 475 Assembly Constituencies had their voting today.

The number of Polling Stations has increased while the number of voters per polling station has been reduced from 1500 to 1000 adhering to social distancing norms.

Until 5 pm today, Assam recorded the highest voter turnout of 78.94%, Kerala recorded 69.95%, Tamil Nadu 64.92%, Puducherry 77.90%, and West Bengal 77.68%.

Assembly constituencies as per the states are 140 in Kerala, 234 in Tamil Nadu, 30 in Puducherry, whereas 40 and 31 in Assam and West Bengal respectively. The total number of contesting candidates is highest in Tamil Nadu, counting 3998, Kerala is 957, Assam third phase is 337, Puducherry is 324 and third phase of West Bengal counts 205.

ECI has extended the option of postal ballot to PWDs and Senior Citizens above 80 years. The total number of PWD electors today including the five states were 9,06,763 while the total number of Senior Citizens was 21,52, 210. These facilities were provided to ensure inclusive and accessible elections. Proper arrangements for facilitation were made available for the voters.

All the EVMs and VVPATs had undergone first-level checking, randomization, and commissioning as per the standard procedure in the presence of political parties/candidates’ agents.

As per ECI norms, for conducting free and fair elections, live monitoring and webcasting of more than 50% of polling stations were done to ensure safety and a secure atmosphere.

ECI instructed no outsiders to enter the polling booths unless required. The guidelines were strictly followed. A record seizure worth Rs 947.98 Crore has been collected from the five states on April 6, 2021, during the ongoing elections. The seizure figures which include seizure of cash, liquor, narcotics, freebies, metals are more than 4.198 times higher than seizure in 2016 that records Rs. 225.77 Crore.

A count of 187146 cases of Model Code of Conduct violation was reported through the cVIGIL app out of which 186647 cases were disposed of by 4 pm. Proper sanitization and arrangements were made for all including all polling stations to follow the Covid-19 safety protocols.

Election Commission of India expresses gratitude to all stakeholders and voters for their enthusiastic and fearless participation in the election process.

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