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Chhattisgarh assembly poll 2018 Updates: Polling for all 18 seats in first phase ends

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Raipur, Nov 12: The polling for the all the 18 seats in the first phase of the Chhattisgarh assembly elections has come to a close.

Until 4.30 pm there was a polling percentage of 56.58 per cent recorded. The polling witnessed stray incidents of violence which included an IED being triggered off and an encounter with Naxalites.

Polling for all 18 seats in the first phase of #ChhattisgarhAssemblyElections2018 has ended; visuals from Rajnandgaon. Courtesy: ANI news

The second phase of polling takes place on November 20. To find out how the day unfolded, please check out the updates below.

While the first phase will be held today, the second phase of the elections takes place on November 20. Raman Singh of the BJP is seeking a fourth mandate.

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Stay tuned for more LIVE updates.

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6:38 PM, 12 Nov
Voting has ended, turnout is 70% till now in the first phase of Chhattisgarh Elections 2018. Figures will be updated later: Umesh Sinha, Election Commission
5:44 PM, 12 Nov
Polling for all 18 seats in the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018 has ended
4:54 PM, 12 Nov
56.58% voter turnout recorded till 4.30 pm in the first phase of Assembly Elections2018 including 61.47% in Kondagaon; 63.51% in Keshkal; 62% in Kanker; 58% in Bastar; 49% in Dantewada; 60.5% in Khairagarh; 64% in Dongargarh; 65.5% in Khujji.
4:22 PM, 12 Nov
Security forces defused IED detected on the road leading to Dwarapara polling booth, under PS Bairamgarh in Bijapur.
4:12 PM, 12 Nov
Three more personnel of Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) are injured and around five Naxals are dead in the encounter that broke out between security forces & Naxals in Bijapur's Pamed area today.
2:57 PM, 12 Nov
Total voter turnout in Chhattisgarh polling is at 33.86% till 1.35 pm.
2:55 PM, 12 Nov
After the Nilwaya naxal attack, the challenges have gone up. Naxals had threatened villagers against voting. We assured the villagers of a secure environment, put in place a three-level security so that people can vote without fear:CRPF official to ANI
2:54 PM, 12 Nov
People in Dantewada's Madenda village cast their votes even after threat from the Naxals to cut their fingers if the ink mark is seen on their fingers. Local says, "there are 263 registered voters in the village and many are voting even after the threat."
1:17 PM, 12 Nov
25.15% voter turnout recorded till 1 pm in the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly elections
1:06 PM, 12 Nov
Certain sources are spreading rumours that EVMs are malfunctioning repeatedly. This is to clarify that above information is false. Voting is going on smoothly. If at all, any glitches are noticed, the issue is sorted out as quickly as possible: Election Commission
12:55 PM, 12 Nov
Two Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) jawan have been injured in the encounter that broke out between security forces an d Naxals in Bijapur's Pamed area.
12:12 PM, 12 Nov
Voters in Jagdalpur's Gandhi Nagar ward protest outside the polling centre, say, "The names of many voters are missing including those who have been living here for the past 25 years."
11:39 AM, 12 Nov
Huge voter turnout recorded at the polling station in Naxal-affected Manpur's Pardoni village where Naxali posters and banners asking people to boycott elections had been seen
11:35 AM, 12 Nov
16.24% voter turnout recorded till now in the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections in 18 assembly constituencies
10:44 AM, 12 Nov
A differently-abled person reaches Chintagupha polling booth to cast his vote in the first phase election
10:32 AM, 12 Nov
Three IEDs have been detected near a polling booth in Konta's Banda and CRPF Bomb disposal squad is in the process of defusing. Polling is underway at a makeshift booth under a tree.
10:22 AM, 12 Nov
An IED was detected near a polling booth in Konta's Banda. Pictures of voters queued outside a makeshift polling booth established under a tree, away from the actual polling booth
10:22 AM, 12 Nov
53 polling stations out of the total of 4336 reported delayed start of polling due to technical reasons, however, 100% polling stations have reported smooth polling with long queues outside: Election Commission
9:11 AM, 12 Nov
1-2 kilograms of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasted by naxals near Tumakpal camp in Katekalyan block. Voting is underway for 10 out of 18 seats in the first phase of #ChhattisgarhAssemblyElection2018.
9:10 AM, 12 Nov
A 100-year-old woman reaches a polling station in Dornapal to cast her vote in the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections
8:56 AM, 12 Nov
People queuing for polling in Kondagaon. Courtesy: @ddnewsraipur
7:26 AM, 12 Nov
There is heavy security in place in the wake of naxal threats.
7:23 AM, 12 Nov
Nearly 75 naxalites are said to have moved into the state from Odisha, Telangana and Maharashtra in a bid to disrupt the polling process.
7:20 AM, 12 Nov
Security officials say that in Sukma alone there are around 150 naxalites who are active. It may be recalled that the IB had said recently that a top leader of the naxalites, Hidma is active in this area. This is a great cause of concern for the security officials.
7:15 AM, 12 Nov
Meanwhile there is heavy combing operation. Naxalites could have set up booby traps in jungles to target security forces.
7:14 AM, 12 Nov
Even as voting got underway the naxalites blasted 2 kilograms of improvised explosives near the Tumakpal camp in Dantewada.
7:12 AM, 12 Nov
As many as 650 companies of paramilitary forces and over 65,000 police personnel are on poll duty in the state. This is in addition to the 200 companies of the Chhattisgarh state police. IAF and BSF choppers are on duty to airlift polling parties to remote areas in the tribal region.
7:09 AM, 12 Nov
Voting has begun for 10 out of the 18 seats.
7:06 AM, 12 Nov
The Kontha constituency which is the worst affected region has 40 booths which have been classified as hyper-sensitive.
6:20 AM, 12 Nov
Polling in 10 constituencies - Mohla-Manpur, Antagarh, Bhanupratappur, Kanker, Keshkal, Kondagaon, Narayanpur, Dantewada, Bijapur and Konta - will start at 7 am and end at 3 pm.
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