Raipur: An average 25% of voters today exercised their franchise in Chhattisgarh till noon for the Lok Sabha elections even as naxals attacked polling booths and triggered landmine blasts in several places in the state.
According to officials of the chief electoral office, an average 25% voting was reported till noon today.
Polling will continue till 1500 hours in Naxal-hit Bastar and Kanker Lok Sabha seats while timings for other seats has been extended till 1600 hours, they said.
There are 1,54,88,573 voters in the state out of which 78,55,358 are male and 76,33,215 female. Out of total 178 candidates in the fray, 15 are women, they said.
The fate of high-profile candidates like state BJP president Vishnu Dev Sahay, former chief minister Ajit Jogi’s wife Dr Renu Jogi, former union minister Dilip Singh Judeo, former union minister Ramesh Bais and senior BJP leader Karuna Shukla will be decided in today’s polling.
Five polling officials were killed in Rajnandgaon district in a landmine blast triggered by the naxals, while a CRPF personnel was killed in firing by the ultras at Maroki polling booth in Dantewada district.