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Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018: 25.15% Voter Turnout Recorded Till 1 pm In The First Phase

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| November 12 , 2018 , 15:20 IST

Polling in eight districts of Chhattisgarh began early on Monday and according to media reports for the 18 seats, 25.15% recorded turnout till 1.30 pm for it was still underway in the first phase to elect a new Chhattisgarh Assembly election.

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Amid tight security, voting for 10 of the 18 seats began at 7 a.m. and will end at 3 p.m. Polling in the remaining eight seats will continue till 5 p.m.

It is learnt that the 10 seats where early voting started are Narayanpur, Dantewada, Bijapur, Konta, Mohla-Manpur, Antagarh, Bhanupratappur, Kanker, Keshkal and Kondagaon.

Over 31 lakh voters, including over 15 lakh males and in excess of 16 lakh females, are eligible to exercise their franchise in 4,336 polling booths.

A total of 190 candidates are in the fray including BJP veteran and Chief Minister Raman Singh, who is being challenged by Karuna Shukla, a former BJP leader and a niece of late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who joined the Congress in 2014.

According to the reports in media Election Commission sources revealed that voting was delayed in 53 polling stations of the 4336 booths due to technical reasons. However, smooth polling was witnessed elsewhere with people waiting in long queues.

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Polling stations opened an hour later in Khairagarh, Dongargarh, Rajnandgaon, Dongargaon, Khujji, Bastar, Jagdalpur and Chitrakot.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has ruled Chhattisgarh for the past 15 years.