Guwahati | Jagran News Desk: Assam recorded a 72.58 per cent turnout till 6 pm across 47 assembly constituencies in the first phase of the state assembly polls, according to the Election Commission of India. The first phase of polling for assembly elections in the states of West Bengal and Assam began at 7 am on Saturday and is currently underway.

Earlier in the day, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also cast his vote at JP Nagar constituency in the Dibrugarh district. He is contesting polls from Majuli. The polling will continue till 6 pm. A total of 264 candidates are in the fray for 47 seats -- 42 seats from 11 districts of Upper Assam and northern Assam region and five seats from central Assam's Nagaon district. Polling for the next two phases will be held on April 1 and April 6. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.

Here are the highlights from the first phase of polling in Assam:

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6.58 pm: 72.58 per cent voter turnout recorded till 6 pm: EC's voter turnout app

5.27 pm: 71.62% and 77.99% voter turnout recorded till 5 pm, in the first phase of polling in Assam and West Bengal Assembly elections, respectively, says Election Commission.

4.46 pm: 62.36% and 70.17% voter turnout recorded till 4 pm, in the first phase of polling in Assam and West Bengal Assembly elections, respectively: Election Commission of India.

3:30 pm: 47.10%  voter turnout recorded till 3 pm, in the first phase of polling in Assam Assembly elections: Election Commission of India.

2:15 pm: 45.24% voter turnout recorded till 2 pm, in the first phase of polling in Assam Assembly elections, respectively: Election Commission of India.

1:45 pm: Assam Congress President Ripun Bora casts his vote at a polling booth in Gohpur.

1:20 pm37.06% voter turnout recorded till 1 pm, in the first phase of polling in Assam Assembly elections: Election Commission of India.

12;40 pm; Congress & other parties are only seen in the media but BJP & its allies are the ones on the ground. People of Assam now know that CAA-NRC will not affect them. My aim is to make the BJP government in the State again: Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal

12:15 pm: Assam: Congress' Rockybul Hussain casts vote at polling booth in Amoni. Rockybul Hussain has been fielded as Congress candidate from Samaguri constituency.

11:40 am: 24.48% voter turnout recorded till 11 am, in the first phase of polling in Assam Assembly elections: Election Commission of India

11:23 am: It's a very emotional moment for me as it's the first time after many yrs that I'm coming to a polling station without my parents. Confident that people are going to vote out politics of lies & deceit & voting for politics that guarantees that their future is bright: Gaurav Gogoi

11:15 am: Congress leader Gaurav Gogoi casts his vote at a polling booth in Jorhat in the first phase of #AssamAssemblyElections2021

10:45 am: Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal casts his vote a polling centre in Dibrugarh. "We will get more than 100 seats," CM says

10:20 am: Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal offers prayers at Boga Baba Mazaar at Dibrugarh. "I prayed for peace for all and victory for Bharatiya Janata Party," says CM

9:40 am: As per the trends shared by the ECI, 8.84 per cent voter turnout has been recorded till 9 am across 47 assembly constituencies. 

9;30 am; Saturday's first phase of polling will decide the fate of 264 candidates, including Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, several of his cabinet colleagues, Assembly Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami, state Congress chief Ripun Bora, Asom Gana Parishad chief Atul Bora, Congress Legislature Party leader Debabrata Saikia, jailed Raijor Dal President and prominent peasant leader Akhil Gogoi, and Assam Jatiya Parishad President Lurinjyoti Gogoi, and 23 women aspirants.

9;10 am; A total of 8,109,815 voters, including 4,032,481 females, are eligible to cast their votes across 11,537 polling stations mostly covering the eastern Assam's 14 districts.

9;00 am; Men and women in large numbers queued up in front of the polling stations well before the voting for 47 of the total of 126 assembly seats opened at 7 a.m.

8:45 am: Temperature of voters being checked, arrangement of masks, gloves, and hand sanitiser made at a primary school - designated as a polling booth - in Lahowal Assembly constituency of Dibrugarh

8:35 am: 

8:25 am: 

8:15 am: Voters follow physical distancing at polling station set up at Kamala Bari Junior Basic School, Majuli

8:00 am: A long queue of voters outside a polling station in Bakul, Dibrugarh

7:45 am:

7:30 am: #AssamAssemblyPolls: A long queue of voters at a polling centre in Rupahi, Nagaon District

7:15 am: Assam: Voters waiting in a queue at a polling station in JP Nagar, Dibrugarh, as polling gets underway for the first phase of Assembly elections

7:00 am: First phase voting of Assembly Election in Assam begins

6:45 am: Assam: Voters stand in a queue outside a polling booth in Dibrugarh, ahead of the first phase of #AssamAssemblyPolls today

6:30 am: Assam: Preparations underway at a polling station in Rupahi, Nagaon district, ahead of voting for the first phase of #AssamAssemblyPolls today. Visuals from Rupahi Higher Secondary School

6:00 am: Assam: Voters queue outside a polling station in Nagaon, ahead of the first phase of #AssamAssemblyPolls today

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan