Kolkata: The third phase of voting for 62 assembly constituencies in West Bengal is currently underway amidst strict security arrangements.
According to reports, the Election Commission has made elaborate security arrangements for the polling that is underway in North Kolkata and Murshidabad, Burdwan and Nadia districts of West Bengal.
In all, 418 candidates including 70 independents and 34 women are in the fray. 58 candidates for seven constituencies of North Kolkata, 189 for 22 seats of Murshidabad, 108 for 17 seats of Nadia and 83 contestants for 16 seats of Burdwan districts are trying their luck.
Voting is being conducted in 16,461 polling stations, 3,401 of them sensitive including 324 in North Kolkata. Besides general and police observers, 3,376 micro observers of the Commission are on duty.
Stringent security measures have been taken in all the polling centres in Kolkata and the three districts.
More than 700 companies of central security forces and 25,000 state police personnel are manning every nook and corner of the election areas.
The elections to the 294 seat West Bengal assembly are being conducted in six voting phases, spread across seven polling days till May 5.
Polling under the first phase was held on two days, on April 4 and 11. The second phase polling was conducted on last Sunday. The counting of all the constituencies will be done on May 19.
(With Agency Inputs)