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41 pc polling in Odisha till 1 pm

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

A voter turnout of 41 per cent has been recorded in Odisha till 1 pm where polling is being held in four seats and 28 assembly constituencies on Thursday.

"As per reports received from the constituencies, approximately 41 per cent of the electorate have cast their vote till 1 pm," said.

Polling was in progress in a peaceful manner, he said.

The said that technical glitches were noticed in Electronic Voting (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in several booths, but sectoral officers replaced the defective within 30 to 40 minutes.

Despite some delay in starting the polling in these booths, the process picked up after corrective measures were taken by the concerned officials, he said.

In a booth located atop a hill in an inaccessible area of district, the poll personnel took quick steps to replace a defective EVM, he said.

To a query about voters boycotting election at Kotpad in district over some local problems, the said efforts were being made to convince them to exercise their democratic right.

Long queues were seen at polling stations in the morning hours in Koraput, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur and Berhampur constituencies and 28 assembly segments.

Snags in EVMs were reported from Malkangiri and Chitrakonda areas under Nabarangpur seat, Lamptaput and Jeypore in and Gopalpur, Digapahandi and Berhampur, sources said.

While polling will be held in 8 assembly segments till 6 pm, voting will end at 4 pm in 20 Maoist-affected constituencies, the said.

Prominent among those who voted were former union who is the BJD candidate from Berhampur Lok Sabha Basant Panda, also in the fray from Kalahandi Lok Sabha seat.

and former union Bhakta Charan Das and BJD's Pushpendra Singhdeo, who are crossing swords in Kalahandi Lok Sabha seat, also voted.

Lok Sabha and assembly elections are being held simultaneously in Odisha in four phases.

Polling for the next three phases will be held on April 18, 23 and 29.

There are 21 Lok Sabha and 147 assembly seats in the state.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 15:00 IST