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    Over 71% voting recorded in 2nd phase of Chhattisgarh polls


    Raipur, Nov 20: Chhattisgarh recorded Tuesday 71.91% turnout in the second and final phase of the assembly elections that is seen as crucial not just for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the opposition Congress but a third front alliance led by former chief minister Ajit Jogi's ability to emerge as a serious player.

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    "An average turnout of 71.93 per cent was recorded in 72 constituencies till 6 pm. The polling was completely peaceful and incident-free. The polling time ended at 5 pm but those voters who were still in line were given tokens and allowed to vote," Sahoo said at a press conference after the polling here Tuesday evening.

    In the last assembly election in 2013, 77.13% of polling was reported in these 72 seats, which are seen as decisive in the formation of the government.

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    Some key facts about the second phase of Chhattisgarh elections:

    • For the second phase of polls, there are 1,53,85,983 voters, including 77,46,628 men, 76,38,415 women and 940 of the third gender.
    • As many as 19,296 polling booths have been set up for the second phase.
    • Over one lakh security personnel have been deployed to ensure peaceful polling.
    • The BJP has this time fielded nine ministers.
    • Of the 72 seats, 46 are for the general category, while nine are reserved for Scheduled Castes and 17 for Scheduled Tribes candidates.
    • The highest number of 46 contestants is in the Raipur City South constituency, while the lowest number of six contestants is in the Bindranavagarh seat.
    • A three-way fight is expected in several seats of Bilaspur division where Ajit Jogi's party and the BSP have a considerable presence.
    • Jogi is contesting from the Marwahi segment where the BJP and the Congress have fielded new faces Archana Porte and Gulab Singh, respectively.

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