Guwahati: Long queues were seen outside most of the booths as women stepped out in large numbers during the polling day with Cachar district having the highest number of all-women-polling stations for the very first time.
Each of the all-women polling stations has four officers, one presiding officer and three polling officers.
There are 6,30,999 female voters in Cachar district out of 1,15,50,403 female district in the state of Assam.
The district administration is trying to deploy women police officers for security purposes in women polling stations. But considering the fact that the election is a sensitive procedure, there are no standalone women polling stations. Out of the total 1834 polling stations, 370 are auxiliary polling stations.
In 2016, the district saw all-women-polling stations for the very first time. There were 10 such polling stations that year. The district has created a record with 201 all-women-polling stations which is the highest in the state.
The election to the assembly election started at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm. Meanwhile, no untoward incident was reported and the overall situation was peaceful.
However, several constituencies received heavy overnight showers but the weather cleared in the morning.
In many of the polling stations, the first voters were greeted with ‘gamosa’ and in some with saplings.