New Delhi: Around 70% voter turnout was registered in the first phase of the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections, the Election Commission (EC) said Monday.
"The turnout is likely to increase as the final figures are yet to be received", Senior Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said, adding that the overall voter turnout till 5.30 pm was about 58%.
Giving the break-up, the poll panel said a voter turnout of 61.47 per cent was recorded in Kondagaon, 63.51 per cent in Keshkal, 62 per cent in Kanker, 58 per cent in Bastar, 49 per cent in Dantewada, 70.14 per cent in Khairagarh, 71 per cent in Dongargarh, 71 per cent in Dongargaon and 72 per cent in the Khujji constituency, according to PTI.
Voting was held on Monday in 18 of the 90 Assembly seats in the first phase of Chhattisgarh state elections. Of the 18 seats that went to poll Monday, 12 were reserved for Scheduled Tribes (STs) and one was for the Scheduled Caste (SC) category.
The 18 constituencies that went to poll today include Mohla-Manpur, Antagarh, Bhanupratappur, Kanker, Keshkal, Kondagaon, Narayanpur, Dantewada, Bijapur, Konta, Khairgarh, Dongargarh, Rajnandgaon, Dongargaon, Khujji, Bastar, Jagdalpur and Chitrakot.
Among the notable leaders in the first phase are Chief Minister Raman Singh pitted against Congress' Karuna Shukla in his home turf Rajnandgaon. Shukla, a niece of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee switched to Congress from the BJP in 2014.
The second phase of polling in 72 seats will be held on November 20 and the results will be announced on December 11.
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