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Stage set for second phase polls in Odisha

IANS  |  Bhubaneswar 

The stage is set for the second phase of polling for five and 35 Assembly seats in on Thursday.

A total of 76.93 lakh voters are eligible to cast their franchise for Bargarh, Sundargarh, Bolangir, Kandhamal and Aska seats and 35 Assembly seats under these parliamentary constituencies spread across western and southern

Of the total voters, 39.45 lakh male, 37.47 lakh female and 605 others will cast their votes in 9,117 booths, said sources at (CEO).

A total of 35 candidates are in the fray for the five seats including 30 male and five female candidates. Similarly, 244 candidates are contesting for the 35 Assembly seats a" of which 219 are male and 25 female.

The will try to retain Sundargarh Lok Sabha seat -- the lone seat it had won in 2014. is contesting from the parliamentary constituency against BJD candidate Sunita Biswal, daughter of former Hemananda Biswal, and candidate

On the other hand, the ruling will defend the other four Lok Sabha seats.

Several political heavyweights including BJD Rajya Sabha members Prasanna Acharya and Achyuta Samanta, sitting Lok Sabha member from BJD Kalikesh Narayan Singhdeo, Suresh Pujari, former are contesting the Lok Sabha polls in the second phase.

Among the Assembly constituencies, BJD President and is fighting from two seats -- Hinjili under Aska LS constituency and Bijepur under Bargarh LS constituency.

Besides, senior is fighting from segment while is contesting from seat.

Re-polling will be held in two polling stations following reports of glitches in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) during the first phase of polling.

The re-poll will be held in two polling stations located in constituencies on April 18.

The first phase of polling was held for four Lok Sabha and 28 Assembly constituencies in the state.

The elections were held for Kalahandi, Koraput, Nabarangpur and Berhampur parliamentary constituencies and 28 Assembly seats, which fall under the Lok Sabha seats. 26 candidates for Lok Sabha and 191 candidates for Assembly segments were contesting for the first phase polls.

It witnessed a voter turnout of 73.76 per cent while female voters outnumbered the male voters. While male voting was recorded at 73.09 per cent, the female voter turnout was 74.43 per cent.

--IANS

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First Published: Wed, April 17 2019. 13:44 IST
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