Nandigram, West Bengal: At least 80% of voters cast their ballots on Monday in the bypoll for Nandigram assembly seat in West Bengal, which was largely peaceful.
“Though the exact figure is yet not available, the turnout was over 80%. The election was peaceful except for stray incidents,” Midnapore district magistrate Choten Dhendhup said.
In 2007, there were violent protests in Nandigram after the state government announced it would set up a chemical hub in the area. The protests led to at least 14 deaths.
Unprecedented security arrangements had been made for the bypoll, with 15,000 Central forces deployed to man the 176 polling booths.
The bypoll earlier scheduled for 30 December was postponed on security considerations. The voting will decide the fate of six contestants.
The seat fell vacant after Communist Party of India lawmaker Muhammad Ilyas resigned following a sting operation, which exposed his involvement in corrupt dealings.