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1. Assam’s recent Lok Sabha elections saw an 81.71% voter turnout among 81.49 lakh eligible voters.
2. Final figures may change pending completion of data compilation, officials stated.
3. The elections in all phases were peaceful without any re-elections held.

Guwahati, May 08: The recent Lok Sabha elections in four constituencies of Assam witnessed an estimated 81.71% voter turnout among the 81.49 lakh eligible voters, officials reported on Wednesday.

However, final figures are subject to revision pending the completion of data compilation.

Assam’s electoral process unfolded peacefully across all three phases, with no re-elections held in the first two phases and none announced thus far for the third. Dhubri emerged with the highest voter turnout at 86.80%, followed by Barpeta at 81.02%, Kokrajhar at 80.44%, and Guwahati recording the lowest at 75.67%.

The electorate, comprising 41,00,544 men, 40,48,436 women, and 111 individuals of the third gender, had the opportunity to cast their votes at 9,516 polling stations.

Among the prominent candidates were AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal, seeking his fourth consecutive term from Dhubri, and his rival, sitting Congress MLA Rakibul Hussain.

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In Barpeta, the battle featured eight-time Asom Gana Parishad MLA and former minister Phanibhushan Choudhury, incumbent CPI(M) MLA Manoranjan Talukdar, and Congress candidate Deep Bayan.

Kokrajhar saw former BTC vice-chairman Kampa Borgoyary of the Bodo Peoples’ Front competing against Joyanta Basumatary of the United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) and Congress candidate Garjen Mushahry.

Meanwhile, Guwahati witnessed a head-to-head battle between BJP’s Bijuli Kalita Medhi and Mira Borthakur Goswami.

Dhubri boasted the highest electorate of 26,63,987, while Kokrajhar had the lowest at 14,94,404 in this phase.

In the first phase held on April 19, 78.25% of the electorate exercised their voting rights across Kaziranga, Jorhat, Dibrugarh, Sonitpur, and Lakhimpur constituencies. The subsequent phase on April 26 saw a turnout of 81.17% across Karimganj, Silchar (SC), Diphu (ST), Nagaon, and Darrang-Udalguri constituencies.

In the 2019 parliamentary polls, Assam witnessed a 81.55% voter turnout across all three phases.

In the outgoing Lok Sabha, the BJP secured nine seats, while Congress held three, with AIUDF and one independent candidate securing one seat each.