New Delhi, November 7
The tentative voter turnout in Chhattisgarh in the phase one of assembly polls stood at 60.92 per cent till 3 pm, the Election Commission said on Tuesday.
In Chhattisgarh, 20 out of 90 seats went for polls in the first phase.
“The voting percentage is likely to go upwards when reports from all polling stations, including interior and inaccessible polling stations, come in,” the EC said in a statement here.
Voters who reached polling stations till the end of poll hours are allowed to cast their vote, the poll panel pointed out.
Final figures will be known by Wednesday, it said.
Raipur, November 7
More than 44 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 1 pm in 20 constituencies during the first phase of Chhattisgarh assembly elections on Tuesday, a poll official said.
A CRPF commando was injured in an IED blast triggered by Naxalites in Sukma district while his unit was undertaking an area domination operation to ensure security during the polls.
A brief exchange of fire took place between Naxalites and security personnel near Banda polling station in Sukma district.
Another encounter took place between security forces and Naxalites in Orchha police station area of Narayanpur district. However, no harm was reported to security personnel in these two incidents, police said.
Polling began at 7 am in 10 of the 20 assembly constituencies where elections are being held in the first phase. It will end at 3 pm.
Voting in the remaining 10 seats started at 8 am and will end at 5 pm.
Till 1 pm, 44.55 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the 20 constituencies, the official said.
Polling was being held under a thick security blanket of police and paramilitary personnel, who kept a tight vigil in the seats in Naxalite-hit Bastar division.
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