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First phase of LS polls begins in Assam, Tripura

Reang refugee voters vote

First phase of 16th Lok Sabha elections begins today in Assam and Tripura. Voting will take place in six parliamentary constituencies

Reang refugee voters voteGuwahati: First phase of 16th Lok Sabha elections begins today in Assam and Tripura. Voting will take place in six parliamentary constituencies – five in Assam (Lakhimpur, Tezpur, Kaliabor, Jorhat and Dibrugarh) and one in Tripura (West constituency). Around 76 lakh voters will be voting on 1,221 polling stations to electing their MPs in the fisrt phase today.

A three-tier security arrangement has been made across the state for peaceful election. The Indo-Bangladesh international border in Tripura has been sealed to prevent any cross-border infiltration during the election process.

The Election Commission has pressed a team of engineers from Electronics Corporation of India Limited and Bharat Electronics Limited for foolproof re-checking of all EVMs after several were found to be malfunctioning. One EVM in Jorhat left authorities flummoxed last week after every button which was pressed registered a vote in favour of BJP. The machine has been replaced. Three more such EVMs were found in Jorhat on Friday.

Assam will vote in two more phases. Three constituencies will vote on April 12 and the remaining six will vote on April 24. Polling for the East Tripura (ST Reserve) seat will be held on April 12.

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