Nearly 72% voter turnout recorded in 2nd phase of Chhattisgarh polls


RAIPUR: A turnout of 71.93 per cent was recorded till 6 pm in the second phase of assembly elections in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday. As many as 19,296 polling booths were set up for the second phase. The highest turnout was reportedly recorded in Bindranawagarh and Baikunthpur.

Polling was peaceful and incident-free in the second phase. Addressing a press conference here, 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. Meanwhile, technical snags in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) at some booths also delayed the polling.

During the first phase of voting on November 12 for 18 seats in the Naxal-affected areas of the state, a total of 76.42 per cent polling was recorded. Raman Singh said that the Congress leadership in the state is divided and there is no anti-incumbency in the state as the BJP will came into power with full majority.

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