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

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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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6:04 PM, 20 Nov
EVMs & VVPATs being sealed at polling station in Baloda Bazar's Simga after the second phase of voting for Chhattisgarh Elections 2018 concludes. Voting still underway at the polling booths where voters are in the queue
5:40 PM, 20 Nov
64.8 per cent voter turnout recorded till 5 PM
4:55 PM, 20 Nov
58.47 % voting recorded till 4 PM in the second phase of voting
3:58 PM, 20 Nov
45.2 % voting recorded till 2:55 PM in the second phase of voting
1:35 PM, 20 Nov
25 per cent voting have been recorded till 12.30pm in the second phase of Chhattisgarh assembly elections, say election officials
1:33 PM, 20 Nov
There were reports of technical snags in electronic voting machines (EVMs) at some places and corrective measures were taken, an election official told PTI.
1:33 PM, 20 Nov
Ajit Jogi is hoping to capitalise on the BSP’s core support among scheduled caste voters of Bilaspur division, which accounts for 24 assembly seats, out of which 12 are with the BJP, 11 with the Congress and 1 with the BSP, to upset poll calculations, say party insiders and political analysts.
1:22 PM, 20 Nov
Chief Minister Raman Singh casts his vote at a polling booth in Kawardha.
11:40 AM, 20 Nov
A delegation of Congress leaders led by PL Punia met the Election Commission in Delhi over alleging attempts to misuse and tamper EVMs in Chhattisgarh.
11:20 AM, 20 Nov
Congress raises ‘faulty Electronic Voting Machines’ claim in Chhattisgarh polls, says that faulty EVMs are being deployed in their strongholds. Congress spokesperson P L Punia to meet Election Commission over the claim.
11:02 AM, 20 Nov
12.54 per cent voting recorded till 10 am, say election officials.
10:30 AM, 20 Nov
Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (JCC) President Ajit Jogi and his son Amit Jogi cast their votes at a polling booth in Pendra.
9:49 AM, 20 Nov
In Koreya, voting did not start in the Urumduga polling booth due to an EVM glitch, Firstpost reported. Voting also stopped in a polling centre in the Bharatpur Sonhat Vidhan Sabha after theEVM stopped working. In Raipur, voting on booth numbers 126 and 127 was halted because of EVM malfunction.
9:34 AM, 20 Nov
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted and urged people to exercise their franchise. The Bharatiya Janata Party has been ruling the state for the past 15 years.
9:33 AM, 20 Nov
The Chhattisgarh assembly election 2018 was thought to be a direct fight between the BJP and the Congress but the alliance between the BSP of Mayawati, Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) of former Chhattisgarh CM Ajit Jogi and the CPI is expected to make it a triangular contest, at least in some pockets.
9:29 AM, 20 Nov
Ajit Jogi is banking on the Satnami community and scheduled castes who hold influence in 58 of the 72 seats in Chhattisgarh, say political analysts.
9:28 AM, 20 Nov
The Election Commission has set up web casting facility at 2,112 of 19,336 polling booths across the state. Through web casting facility, the commission can monitor those polling stations. In the final phase of voting, over 84000 polling personnel have been deployed including the reserve staff.
9:27 AM, 20 Nov
The least number of candidates are in Bindranavagarh seat 6.
9:27 AM, 20 Nov
There are 119 women contestants while the maximum number of candidates are in Raipur city south constituency where 46 nominees are in the fray, according to the Press Trust of India.
8:41 AM, 20 Nov
Elaborate security arrangements including more than one lakh personnel, helicopters and drones have been put in place for the elections today. After a promising 76.28 per cent turnout in the 18-seat first phase in Maoist affected areas, the second phase will see voting for 72 seats spread across 19 districts.
8:40 AM, 20 Nov
Polling for two constituencies-Amaamora and Modh -began earlier, at 7 am and will carry on till 3 pm.
8:40 AM, 20 Nov
Rajyavarshan Singh Rathore has tweeted over the Chhattisgarh elections. "Your vote is your voice. I urge all the voters of Chhattisgarh to come out and cast their vote. Your vote will decide the future of Chhattisgarh!" he tweeted.
8:38 AM, 20 Nov
In 2013, the BJP with 41.04 per cent vote share had own 49 seat, while the Congress won 38 seats with a vote share of 40.29 per cent in the 90-member Assembly.
8:38 AM, 20 Nov
Among the prominent faces in fray in the last phase are state Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel (Patan), Leader of Opposition in the Assembly T.S. Singh Deo (Ambikapur) and former Union Minister Charandas Mahant (Shakti).
8:11 AM, 20 Nov
Visuals from a polling booth in Ambikapur
7:59 AM, 20 Nov
Polling has begun for the second phase of the Chhattisgarh assembly elections
7:48 AM, 20 Nov
Polling begins at 8 am and will end at 5 pm
7:48 AM, 20 Nov
Today, out of the 72 seats, 46 are for the general category, while nine are reserved for Scheduled Castes and 17 for Scheduled Tribes candidates.
7:48 AM, 20 Nov
Security has been beefed up on all the 19,296 polling stations. Over one lakh security personnel have been deployed.
7:48 AM, 20 Nov
Apart from two main parties - the BJP and the Congress, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), former chief minister Ajit Jogi's Janata Congress Chhattisgarh (J) and the Communist Party of India (CPI) would be the main parties to look out for.
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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.

Read more about Chhattisgarh Assembly elections 2018 here:

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