Assam, March 27: According to the Election Commission of India, 8.84 per cent voter turnout has been recorded as of 9 AM. Voting for the first phase of Assam Assembly Elections 2021 began on Saturday, 27 March, with voters in 47 out of the state’s 126 constituencies exercising their franchise.

Tight security arrangements have been put in place across 12 districts in Assam, as the state goes to polls.

The first phase will decide the fate of 264 candidates, including Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, state Congress chief Ripun Bora and 23 women candidates.

In the first phase of polling, all the seats in the Upper and North Assam are voting, in addition to five constituencies in central Assam, all of which fall in the Nagaon district.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday urged people to cast votes in record numbers as polling began in the morning for the first phase of assembly elections in West Bengal and Assam 2021. “The first phase of elections begins in Assam. Urging those eligible to vote in record numbers. I particularly call upon my young friends to vote.

Today, Phase 1 of the West Bengal Assembly elections begin. I would request all those who are voters in the seat polling today to exercise their franchise in record numbers,” he tweeted.

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The BJP hopes to retain power in Assam and defeat the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal. Assam and Bengal will have three-phase and eight-phase elections, respectively. The counting of votes will be on May 2.