Polling for first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly elections concludes

Raipur, Nov 12: Polling in the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly polls for 18 constituencies in eight Maoist-affected districts concluded on Monday, with around 70 per cent voter turnout. 

Voting in 10 constituencies — Narayanpur, Dantewada, Bijapur, Konta, Mohla-Manpur, Antagarh, Bhanupratappur, Kanker, Keshkal and Kondagaon — started at 7 a.m. and ended at 3 p.m.

While polling at Khairagarh, Dongargarh, Rajnandgaon, Dongargaon, Khujji, Bastar, Jagdalpur and Chitrakot, where stations opened an hour later concluded at 5 p.m.

All the 18 constituencies are known as Naxal hubs.

More than 31 lakh voters, including over 15 lakh males and in excess of 16 lakh females, are eligible to exercise their franchise in 4,336 polling booths.

A total of 190 candidates are in the fray including BJP veteran and Chief Minister Raman Singh, who is being challenged by  Congress leader Karuna Shukla and a niece of late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.


70% voter turnout recorded till now: Umesh Sinha, Election Commission

Voter turnout recorded till 4.30 pm

56.58% voter turnout recorded till 4.30 pm in the first phase of #ChhattisgarhAssemblyElections2018 including 61.47% in Kondagaon; 63.51% in Keshkal; 62% in Kanker; 58% in Bastar; 49% in Dantewada; 60.5% in Khairagarh; 64% in Dongargarh; 65.5% in Khujji.

25.15% voter turnout recorded till 1 pm

103-year-old woman Soni Bai exercised her voting rights

Voting is going on smoothly: Election Commission

Certain sources are spreading rumours that EVMs are malfunctioning repeatedly. This is to clarify that above info is false. Voting is going on smoothly. If at all, any glitches are noticed, issue is sorted out as quickly as possible, said the Election Commission.

Voters in Jagdalpur’s Gandhi Nagar ward protest outside the polling centre

Voters in Jagdalpur’s Gandhi Nagar ward protest outside the polling centre, say, “The names of many voters are missing including those who have been living here for the past 25 years.”

Visuals from Manpur’s Pardoni village, where Naxali posters and banners asking people to boycott elections were seen

Differently-abled person casts his vote

10.7% voter turnout recorded till 10 am

IED was detected near a polling booth in Konta’s Banda

Voting resumed at the Pink polling booth

Visually impaired person casts his vote in Dantewada’s Geedam

Voting stopped due to technical problem in EVM at the Pink polling booth in Kamla College


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