Chhattisgarh assembly polls: 71.93% voting recorded in second phase1 min read . Updated: 20 Nov 2018, 11:21 PM IST
Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said the polling percentage is likely to rise further as a number of people were still in the queue for voting
New Delhi: Voting in the Chhattisgarh assembly elections ended on Tuesday with the second phase clocking an interim turnout of 71.93% and a tentative overall state turnout of 74.17%. Both the numbers are, however, likely to go up as the Election Commission (EC) is yet to make a final calculation.
Polling was peaceful and incident-free in the second phase. Interestingly, the replacement of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPATs) was “one of the lowest" in any recent election. The EC credited it to training sessions held by it in the state.
“Till 6pm, the report which we have received shows that the turnout so far is that 71.93%. In the first phase, the turnout was 76.42% against the turnout of 75.06% in 2013. For phase two, it was 77.13% in 2013," deputy election commissioner Umesh Sinha told reporters in New Delhi.
“Approximately till now on an average, it works out to be 74.17%. Last time it was 77.12% but the final figures are yet to come. It is likely to go up when we receive the final figures," he added.
A total of 72 assembly constituencies went to poll on Tuesday across 19 districts of the state including Raipur, Bilaspur, Durg, Surajpur and Korba. In the first phase too, which took place on 12 November, electors had defied a Maoist call for boycott of polls and recorded a high turnout compared to 2013.
Chief minister Raman Singh-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is facing 15 years of anti-incumbency in the state and is in a tough electoral battle with the opposition Congress which has given a call for parivartan, or change.
Chhattisgarh is the first to complete the polling process in the ongoing elections to five state assemblies. Four other states—Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Mizoram—will go to polls over the next three weeks. Counting for all five will be held on 11 December.