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Chhattisgarh polls LIVE: Voting ends; Naxals fail as state sees 70% turnout

Pundits are referring to today's election as Round-1 of the 'semi-final' to the general elections next year. Track full coverage of Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018 here

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Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018
Polling for all 18 seats in the first phase of the Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018 comes to a close. Photo: @ANI

Chhattisgarh Assembly Election 2018: Voting in the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly polls for 18 constituencies spread across eight Maoist-affected districts ended on Monday, with nearly 70 per cent of the electorate exercising their franchise. 

Polling 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.

Voting at Khairagarh, Dongargarh, Rajnandgaon, Dongargaon, Khujji, Bastar, Jagdalpur and Chitrakot, where polling started an hour later, ended at 5 p.m. 

The poll panel said the turnout stood at nearly 70 per cent.     

An improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated early morning in Dantewada district by Naxals, who had called for a boycott of the polls, police said. The Maoists have triggered several attacks in the past few days, killing several people, including a BSF trooper on Sunday. 

Pundits are referring to today's election as Round-1 of the 'semi-final' to the general elections next year.   

In the first phase of the polls, 190 candidates were in the fray and as per electoral rolls, there were 3,180,014 voters.

Prominent faces

Among the prominent candidates in the first phase were Chief Minister Raman Singh, ministers Kedar Kashyap (Narayanpur) and Mahesh Gagda (Bijpaur) and Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Kanker Lok Sabha seat MP Vikram Usendi (Antagarh).

Nine sitting Congress MLAs -- Manoj Singh Mandavi (Bhanupratappur), Mohan Lal Markam (Kondagaon), Lakheshwar Baghel (Bastar), Deepak Kumar Baij (Chitrakot), Devati Karma (Dantewada), Kawasi Lakhma (Konta), Girwar Janghel (Khairagarh), Santram Netam (Keshkal) and Daleshwar Sahu (Dongargaon) -- were also in the fray. Of the 18 seats going to polling in the first phase, 12 are reserved for Scheduled Tribes (STs) while one is for Scheduled Caste (SC) category.

The second phase of polling in 72 seats, out of the 90-member Assembly, would be held on November 20 and counting of votes would take place on December 11.  

Chhattisgarh polls LIVE: Voting ends; Naxals fail as state sees 70% turnout

Only one percent of EVM and 1.9 percent VVPATs were changed: Sudeep Jain, Election Commission. #ChhattisgarhElections2018 pic.twitter.com/igksFWgOWx — ANI (@ANI) November 12, 2018

Chhattisgarh polls LIVE: Voting ends; Naxals fail as state sees 70% turnout

Voting has ended; turnout is 70% till now in the first phase of Chhattisgarh Elections 2018. Figures will be updated later: Umesh Sinha, Election Commission Voting has ended, turnout is 70% till now in the first phase of #ChhattisgarhElections2018. Figures will be updated later: Umesh Sinha, Election Commission pic.twitter.com/I26aNS7qB7 — ANI (@ANI) November 12, 2018

Chhattisgarh polls LIVE: Voting ends; Naxals fail as state sees 70% turnout

Polling for all 18 seats in the first phase of #ChhattisgarhAssemblyElections2018 has ended; visuals from Rajnandgaon. pic.twitter.com/ukaSpyUxjH — ANI (@ANI) November 12, 2018

Chhattisgarh polls LIVE: Voting ends; Naxals fail as state sees 70% turnout

The voter turnout in 18 Assembly constituencies in the first phase of Chhattisgarh elections Monday was 65 per cent till 3 pm, a poll official said. Polling began on a slow note in many constituencies, but gradually picked up momentum, he said. 

Chhattisgarh polls LIVE: Voting ends; Naxals fail as state sees 70% turnout

Voting in the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly polls for 18 constituencies spread across eight Maoist-affected districts ended on Monday, with nearly 65 per cent of the electorate exercising their franchise. 

Chhattisgarh polls LIVE: Voting ends; Naxals fail as state sees 70% turnout

Ghanaram Sahu, former Chhattisgarh Congress vice president joins Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in presence of BJP chief Amit Shah. Shahu yesterday resigned from Congress party. — ANI (@ANI) November 12, 2018

Chhattisgarh polls LIVE: Voting ends; Naxals fail as state sees 70% turnout

56.58% voter turnout recorded till 4.30 pm in the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018, 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. 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. pic.twitter.com/NFm2aIAEcR — ANI (@ANI) November 12, 2018

Chhattisgarh polls LIVE: Voting ends; Naxals fail as state sees 70% turnout

Three more personnel of the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) have been injured and around five Naxals killed in the encounter that broke out between security forces and Naxals in Bijapur's Pamed area today. All the CoBRA personnel are out danger. #UPDATE: 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 & Naxals in Bijapur's Pamed area today. All the CoBRA personnel are out danger. #Chhattisgarh https://t.co/TkhHF0pjpG — ANI (@ANI) November 12, 2018

Chhattisgarh polls LIVE: Voting ends; Naxals fail as state sees 70% turnout

Security forces defuse IED detected on the road leading to Dwarapara polling booth, under PS Bairamgarh in Bijapur. #Chhattisgarh: Security forces defused IED detected on the road leading to Dwarapara polling booth, under PS Bairamgarh in Bijapur. — ANI (@ANI) November 12, 2018

Chhattisgarh polls LIVE: Voting ends; Naxals fail as state sees 70% turnout

The poll panel rejected the charges saying "certain sources were spreading rumours of EVM malfunctioning and rigging".

Chhattisgarh polls LIVE: Voting ends; Naxals fail as state sees 70% turnout

The Congress alleged "rampant" EVM rigging in Bastar area but the poll panel rejected the charges.   "The BJP has completely lost the plot in Chhattisgarh and its desperation and desolation is more than evident with reports of rigging of EVMs pouring in from Bastar," Congress Legislative Party leader T.S. Singh Deo said, asking the Election Commission to intervene. 

First Published: Mon, November 12 2018. 08:20 IST
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Chhattisgarh polls LIVE: Voting ends; Naxals fail as state sees 70% turnout

Pundits are referring to today's election as Round-1 of the 'semi-final' to the general elections next year. Track full coverage of Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018 here

Chhattisgarh Assembly Election 2018: Voting in the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly polls for 18 constituencies spread across eight Maoist-affected districts ended on Monday, with nearly 70 per cent of the electorate exercising their franchise. 

Polling 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.

Voting at Khairagarh, Dongargarh, Rajnandgaon, Dongargaon, Khujji, Bastar, Jagdalpur and Chitrakot, where polling started an hour later, ended at 5 p.m. 

The poll panel said the turnout stood at nearly 70 per cent.     

An improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated early morning in Dantewada district by Naxals, who had called for a boycott of the polls, police said. The Maoists have triggered several attacks in the past few days, killing several people, including a BSF trooper on Sunday. 

Pundits are referring to today's election as Round-1 of the 'semi-final' to the general elections next year.   

In the first phase of the polls, 190 candidates were in the fray and as per electoral rolls, there were 3,180,014 voters.

Prominent faces

Among the prominent candidates in the first phase were Chief Minister Raman Singh, ministers Kedar Kashyap (Narayanpur) and Mahesh Gagda (Bijpaur) and Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Kanker Lok Sabha seat MP Vikram Usendi (Antagarh).

Nine sitting Congress MLAs -- Manoj Singh Mandavi (Bhanupratappur), Mohan Lal Markam (Kondagaon), Lakheshwar Baghel (Bastar), Deepak Kumar Baij (Chitrakot), Devati Karma (Dantewada), Kawasi Lakhma (Konta), Girwar Janghel (Khairagarh), Santram Netam (Keshkal) and Daleshwar Sahu (Dongargaon) -- were also in the fray. Of the 18 seats going to polling in the first phase, 12 are reserved for Scheduled Tribes (STs) while one is for Scheduled Caste (SC) category.

The second phase of polling in 72 seats, out of the 90-member Assembly, would be held on November 20 and counting of votes would take place on December 11.  

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