MP elections witness 64 pc of votes; may rise further

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New Delhi, Nov 27 (UNI) The single phased election for the 230 Legislative Assembly constituencies of Madhya Pradesh, spread over 47214 polling stations, witnessed a voter turn-out of around 64 per cent and the number is expected to go up further as people were standing in queues for casting their votes when the reports last came in.

Announcing this Deputy Election Commission (DEC) R Balakrishan told newspersons here that the election was generally peaceful with some stray incidents of trying to destroy the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) at four places which were immediately replaced.

Similarly at some places the EVMs had gone out of order and had to be changed immediately.

At eight different polling booths, spread over eight different assembly constituencies, the voters boycotted the poll mainly because of some local issues.

Mr Balakrishnan said at Tikamgarh immediately after the poll time was over one candidate Sunil Naik was shot at by a miscreant.

He got injured in the incident and was rushed to a hospital.

At one polling station in Bhind district, the Presiding Officer (PO) was inured and he too was rushed to a hospital. Later, the PO was replaced by another person for conducting the poll process.

At another place a PO died of heart attack and another officer was sent replace him.

He said the commission deployed a total of 232 general observers and over 10,000 micro observers to overview the election process.

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