Raipur, Nov 20 (IECurrentAffairs) Amid heavy security arrangements about 14 percent voting has been recorded in the first 2 hours of second and final phase of assembly elections on 72 assembly constituencies of Chhattisgarh.
Except complaints of EVM defect in more than 50 places, polling is smoothly underway.
According to information received from the office of Chief Electoral Officer, maximum 15 percent polling was recorded in first 2 hours in Durg district while 19 percent voting was registered in Rajim assembly constituency of Gariaband district and 17 percent in Brindavangarh.
Due to security reasons, polling began at 7 am at two Naxal-infested polling booths of Brindavangarh
assembly constituency. Polling at these two centres will last till 3 pm.
Enthusiasm is writ large on the faces of voters all over the state. Long queues of voters could be seen
outside polling centres.
Women and elderly citizens too are eagerly coming to polling centres to exercise their franchise. Wheel chairs have been arranged in many polling centres.
For women, 118 Sangwari polling centres have been opened. These centres are being run by polling teams of women.
Polling was disrupted in many centres due to defect in EVMs. So far reports about EVM defect has poured in from more than 80 places including the capital Raipur.
About 21 defective EVMs in Raipur Rural and 8 defective EVMs in Bhatapara have been reported so far.
Giving information about EVM defect in Padria, Kasdol and Patan, Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Bhupesh Baghel alleged that cases of EVM defect were mostly coming from the polling centres where
position of Congress was strong.
However, according to the office of Chief Electoral Officer, defective EVMs are being replaced immediately after they are being reported. It has denied disruption of voting due to EVM defect