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Chhattisgarh polls highlights: 71.93% turnout; Raman Singh predicts BJP win

Chhattisgarh Assembly Election 2018 witnessed 71.93% voter turnout till 6 PM in phase 2. Track live updates here

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

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Anti-clockwise: BJP's Raman Singh, Janata Congress Chhattisgarh's Ajit Jogi and Congress' Bhupesh Baghel

LIVE: Polling for the second and final phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly elections, with voting taking place in 72 constituencies spread across 19 districts, officially ended on Tuesday. Around 71.93 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 6 pm, an official said.    

The voting time ended at 5 pm, but voters were still standing in the queues, waiting for their turn at several polling booths across the state. The voting percentage is, therefore, likely to rise. 

A total of 1,079 candidates, including 119 women, are contesting in 72 constituencies of the state with an electorate of 15,400,596.  

This was the last of the two-phase polls to the 90-member Assembly, where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been in power for the last 15 years.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said the is likely to rise further as a number of people were still in the queue for voting. He said the for this phase is slightly higher than that recorded during 2013 which was 71.13 per cent.

The EC said with Tuesday's the total average turnout for Chhattisgarh has been 74.17 per cent, which may go up further. During the first phase of voting on November 12 for 18 seats in the Naxal-affected areas of the state, a total of 76.42 per cent polling was recorded. 

The time of polling was from 8 am to 5 pm, but in two polling booths -- Amamora (booth no 72) and Modh (no 76) in Bindranavgarh constituency (Gariaband district) -- voting was held from 7 am to 3 pm due to Naxal threats, the official said.

There were reports of technical snags in EVMs at some places, which delayed the polling process, he said.

Chief Minister Raman Singh, his wife Veena Singh and son Abhishek Singh, a MP from Rajnandaon district, voted in Kawardha constituency.

State ministers, including Brijmohan Agrawal, Rajesh Munat and Premparkash Pandey, besides State chief Bhupesh Baghel and Leader of Opposition TS Singhdeo, exercised their franchise in their respective areas.

In the second phase of polling, extra vigil is being maintained in districts including Gariaband, Dhamtari, Mahasamund, Kabirdham, Jashpur and Balrampur, which are Naxal-affected areas, the official said. 

The counting of votes will be held on December 11. 

Chhattisgarh polls highlights: 71.93% turnout; Raman Singh predicts BJP win

Chhattisgarh polls highlights: 71.93% turnout; Raman Singh predicts BJP win

A turnout of 71.93 per cent was recorded till 6 PM in the second phase of Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh. 

Chhattisgarh polls highlights: 71.93% turnout; Raman Singh predicts BJP win

The voting time ended at 5 pm, but voters were still standing in the queues, waiting for their turn at several polling booths across the state. The voting percentage is, therefore, likely to rise. 

Chhattisgarh polls highlights: 71.93% turnout; Raman Singh predicts BJP win

At 46, the maximum number of candidates are in Raipur City South constituency, and at six, the least number of candidates are in Bindranavagarh seat. Of the 72 seats, 17 are reserved for Scheduled Tribes and nine for Scheduled Castes. 

Chhattisgarh polls highlights: 71.93% turnout; Raman Singh predicts BJP win

The Election Commission has removed a presiding officer and a polling staff of different polling booths in Marwahi constituency of Bilaspur district, after receiving complaints against them.   Bilaspur Collector P Dayanand removed presiding officer of Semra polling booth Surendra Kumar Mandavi, and a polling staff of Dhanauli polling station Kamal Kishore Tiwari after getting complaints against them by concerned polling agents, a statement issued by poll officials said.   "An inquiry has been ordered against Mandavi and Tiwari and they have been ousted from the polling duty," it said. 

Chhattisgarh polls highlights: 71.93% turnout; Raman Singh predicts BJP win

EVMs & VVPATs being sealed at polling station in Baloda Bazar's Simga after the second phase of voting for #ChhattisgarhElections2018 concludes. Voting still underway at the polling booths where voters are in the queue pic.twitter.com/RYR0CAoZgu — ANI (@ANI) November 20, 2018

Chhattisgarh polls highlights: 71.93% turnout; Raman Singh predicts BJP win

Chhattisgarh polls highlights: 71.93% turnout; Raman Singh predicts BJP win

Polling for the second and final phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly elections, with voting taking place in 72 constituencies spread across 19 districts, officially ended on Tuesday. 

Chhattisgarh polls highlights: 71.93% turnout; Raman Singh predicts BJP win

Chhattisgarh polls highlights: 71.93% turnout; Raman Singh predicts BJP win

About 64.8 per cent voter turnout recorded till 5 pm in the second phase of voting. 64.8 % voter turnout recorded till 5 PM in the second phase of #ChhattisgarhAssemblyElections pic.twitter.com/3MlWJZbQCX — ANI (@ANI) November 20, 2018

Chhattisgarh polls highlights: 71.93% turnout; Raman Singh predicts BJP win

Voters have taken up the challenge of ensuring a free and fair election in Naxal-hit Chhattisgarh   In the 2013 state polls, not a single vote was cast in Bhejji polling booth due to a boycott call by Naxals.   Interestingly, the rebels had been more vocal this time and had triggered a series of ugly violence before polling to unleash a wave of terror. But it did not deter Sudha Tati, who along with her other relatives, defied the call and exercised her franchise. And so did more than half the population of the constituency that had an infamous past of deadly Naxal attacks. (Read more here)  

First Published: Tue, November 20 2018. 07:04 IST
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Chhattisgarh polls highlights: 71.93% turnout; Raman Singh predicts BJP win

Chhattisgarh Assembly Election 2018 witnessed 71.93% voter turnout till 6 PM in phase 2. Track live updates here

LIVE: Polling for the second and final phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly elections, with voting taking place in 72 constituencies spread across 19 districts, officially ended on Tuesday. Around 71.93 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 6 pm, an official said.    

The voting time ended at 5 pm, but voters were still standing in the queues, waiting for their turn at several polling booths across the state. The voting percentage is, therefore, likely to rise. 

A total of 1,079 candidates, including 119 women, are contesting in 72 constituencies of the state with an electorate of 15,400,596.  

This was the last of the two-phase polls to the 90-member Assembly, where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been in power for the last 15 years.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said the is likely to rise further as a number of people were still in the queue for voting. He said the for this phase is slightly higher than that recorded during 2013 which was 71.13 per cent.

The EC said with Tuesday's the total average turnout for Chhattisgarh has been 74.17 per cent, which may go up further. During the first phase of voting on November 12 for 18 seats in the Naxal-affected areas of the state, a total of 76.42 per cent polling was recorded. 

The time of polling was from 8 am to 5 pm, but in two polling booths -- Amamora (booth no 72) and Modh (no 76) in Bindranavgarh constituency (Gariaband district) -- voting was held from 7 am to 3 pm due to Naxal threats, the official said.

There were reports of technical snags in EVMs at some places, which delayed the polling process, he said.

Chief Minister Raman Singh, his wife Veena Singh and son Abhishek Singh, a MP from Rajnandaon district, voted in Kawardha constituency.

State ministers, including Brijmohan Agrawal, Rajesh Munat and Premparkash Pandey, besides State chief Bhupesh Baghel and Leader of Opposition TS Singhdeo, exercised their franchise in their respective areas.

In the second phase of polling, extra vigil is being maintained in districts including Gariaband, Dhamtari, Mahasamund, Kabirdham, Jashpur and Balrampur, which are Naxal-affected areas, the official said. 

The counting of votes will be held on December 11. 

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