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Chhattisgarh Elections: 70 per cent turnout in phase one; EC says poll was peaceful

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Shashikant Sharma | Updated on: 13 Nov 2018, 12:09:23 AM
Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018: Polling for first phase begins in eight Naxal-hit districts (Photo Source: PTI)

New Delhi :

Voting for the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018 on Monday took place in eight Naxal-affected districts spread across 18 constituencies amid massive security. As many as 190 candidates, including state Chief Minister Raman Singh, are in the fray for 18 of the 90 Assembly seats. Off the total 31,80,014 people eligible for voting, 16,22,492 are women, while 15,57,435 are men.

Massive security arrangements have been made for the elections in Chhattisgarh's red belt in the wake of Naxal threat to disrupt polling. Around one lakh security personnel, including central paramilitary forces, have been deployed to ensure peaceful elections across the eight districts, which are prone to Naxal attacks.

The 18 Assembly seats where voting is being held today are - Dantewada, Bijapur, Konta, Khairagarh, Dongargarh, Rajnandgaon, Dongargaon, Khujji, Mohla-Manpur, Antagarh, Bhanupratappur, Kanker, Kondagaon, Narayanpur, Bastar, Jagdalpur, Keshkal and Chitrakoot.

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Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018 | Highlights

Polling was peaceful. In comparison to earlier elections, these elections have been singular achievement of the people working in fields. Attempts were made to create fear among people but enthusiasm in voters was appreciable: OP Rawat, Chief Election Commissioner



Two Maoists killed in an encounter with security forces in Sukma. Two rifles also recovered



Total 70 per cent voter turnout recorded in the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections on Monday.



56.58% voter turnout recorded till 4.30 pm in the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018



Three more personnel of Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) are injured and around five Naxals are dead in the encounter that broke out between security forces and Naxals in Bijapur's Pamed area. All the CoBRA personnel are out of danger.

Security forces defused IED detected on the road leading to Dwarapara polling booth, under PS Bairamgarh in Bijapur



47.18% voter turnout recorded till 3 pm in the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018



BREAKING: 25.15% voter turnout recorded till 1 pm in the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018.

Around 23 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 12.30 pm in 18 Assembly constituencies

Chhattisgarh: Encounter broke out between security forces & Naxals in Bijapur's Pamed area at around 12:20 pm today. Firing underway.

Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections2018: 16.24% voter turnout recorded in first four hours.



Rajnandgaon: People queued up outside the polling station in Naxal-affected Manpur's Pardoni village where Naxali posters & banners asking people to boycott elections had been seen



Dantewada: A differently-abled person reaches Chintagupha polling booth to cast his vote in the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018



Sukma: An IED was detected near a polling booth in Konta's Banda. Pictures of voters queued outside a makeshift polling booth established under a tree, away from the actual polling booth.



Voting underway in interior areas of Kistaram, Palem and Bejji in Naxal-affected Sukma district.



Chhattisgarh Elections 2018: A visually impaired person casts his vote at a polling station in Dantewada's Geedam



BREAKING: 53 polling stations out of the total of 4336 reported delayed start of polling due to technical reasons, however, 100% polling stations have reported smooth polling with long queues outside: Election Commission

Update: After a brief halt, toting has resumed at the Pink polling booth in Kamla College, in Rajnandgaon's Sangwari. 

Chhattisgarh Elections 2018: Voting has stopped due to a technical problem in the EVM at the Pink polling booth in Kamla College, in Rajnandgaon's Sangwari.



Polling is being held in 18 constituencies of Chhattisgarh today, they are Left Wing Extremism affected area. Polls being held in 2 phases to provide special security in these 18 constituencies. These 18 areas are kept in 1st phase so that paramilitary forces remain fresh: CEC Rawat



Nearly 900 polling personnel have been air-dropped from helicopters so that they can reach safely. Over 16,500 polling personnel went by-road. I think all will be in a position to deliver peaceful elections: Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat

Sukma: A 100-year-old woman reaches a polling station in Dornapal to cast her vote in the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018



In the remaining eight constituencies -- Khairgarh, Dongargarh, Rajnandgaon, Dongargaon, Khujji, Bastar, Jagdalpur and Chitrakot --  voting will be held between 8 am and 5 pm.



Dantewada: 1-2 kilograms of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasted by Naxals near Tumakpal camp in Katekalyan block. Voting is underway for 10 out of 18 seats in the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly Election 2018.

BREAKING: Voting begins for 10 out of 18 seats in the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly Election 2018



Visuals from a polling station in Rajnandgaon's Metepar village ahead of the first phase of voting in Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections2018 today.



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First Published : 12 Nov 2018, 07:22:21 AM

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