Chhattisgarh Assembly elections phase-II Updates: 71.93 pc voter turnout recorded in phase 2

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Updated:Nov 20, 2018 8:11:48 pm

Chhattisgarh Assembly elections phase-II Live Updates: In the first phase, polling was held for 18 seats of eight Naxal-hit districts on November 12. In this round, many top leaders including ministers from the ruling party Bharatiya Janata Party are in the fray.

Chhattisgarh Assembly elections, Chhattisgarh polls, Chhattisgarh Assembly polls, BJP, Congress, elections 2018In the first phase, polling was held for 18 seats of eight Naxal-hit districts on November 12.

Chhattisgarh Assembly elections 2018: The state of Chhattisgarh voted for 72 seats of 19 districts in the second and final phase. The second phase polling saw a turnout of 71.93 per cent was recorded till 6 PM. 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. The polling percentage recorded for the second phase was slightly higher than that recorded during 2013 which was 71.13 per cent.

Over 35 per cent voting recorded till 1:30 pm in the second phase of the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections. In the first phase, polling was held for 18 seats of eight Naxal-hit districts on November 12.

In this round, many top leaders including ministers from the ruling party Bharatiya Janata Party were in the fray. The BJP has been in power in the state for the last 15 years. The Congress wants to stop Raman Singh from coming back to power for the fourth consecutive term. The political campaign for this round of polls ended on Sunday.

For the second phase, there are 1,53,85,983 voters including 77,46,628 men, 76,38,415 women and 940 of the third gender. The voting will happen on 19,296 polling booths across the districts that are going to vote today. To ensure peaceful polling, over one lakh security personnel have been pressed into charge across the districts going to poll today.

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    19:57 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    71.93 pc voter turnout recorded in phase 2 of Chhattisgarh assembly polls: EC

    A turnout of 71.93 per cent was recorded till 6 PM in the second phase of assembly elections in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday and polling remained incident-free, the Election Commission said. 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. He said the polling percentage for this phase is slightly higher than that recorded during 2013 which was 71.13 per cent. Polling for as many as 72 seats were conducted in the second phase. Sinha said Tuesday's election was peaceful and incident-free as elaborate security arrangements were made.

    He added that a number of old voters, including those over 100 years of age, also exercised their franchise and the Commission had made arrangements for them. The EC said with Tuesday's polling percentage the total average turnout for Chhattisgarh has been 74.17 per cent, which may go up further. 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. PTI

    18:19 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Voting ends for final phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly polls

    Polling for the second and final phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly elections entailing 72 constituencies spread across 19 districts officially ended on Tuesday, with over 60 per cent of the over 1.5 crore electorate exercising their franchise. According to the Election Commission, over 60 per cent turnout was recorded at the official closure of voting at 5 p.m. However, the figure is likely to go up with people still standing in queues in many booths. The first phase of election in 18 constituencies across eight Maoist-affected districts of the state took place on November 12 and saw 76.28 per cent voting.

    The results will be declared on December 11. Voting ends for final phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly polls Polling for the second and final phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly elections entailing 72 constituencies spread across 19 districts officially ended on Tuesday, with over 60 per cent of the over 1.5 crore electorate exercising their franchise.

    According to the Election Commission, over 60 per cent turnout was recorded at the official closure of voting at 5 p.m. However, the figure is likely to go up with people still standing in queues in many booths. The first phase of election in 18 constituencies across eight Maoist-affected districts of the state took place on November 12 and saw 76.28 per cent voting. The results will be declared on December 11. IANS

    17:40 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    64.8 % voter turnout recorded till 5 PM

    64.8 % voter turnout recorded till 5 PM in the second phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections. This seems to be the final figure. The voter turnout is unlikely to go higher than this number.

    17:02 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    EC removes presiding officer and polling staff in Marwahi constituency of Bilaspur district

    The Election Commission (EC) has removed a presiding officer and a polling staff deployed at different polling booths in Marwahi constituency of Bilaspur district following the receipt of complaints against them, news agency PTI reported. Bilaspur Collector P Dayanand removed presiding officer of Semra polling booth, Surendra Kumar Mandavi, and a polling staff of Dhanauli polling station, Kamal Kishore Tiwari, after getting complaints against them by concerned polling agents.

    16:38 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Chhattisgarh polls: 58.47 per cent voting recorded till 4 PM

    The Election Commission (EC) authorities reported 58.47 per cent polling till 4 pm in the second and final phase in 72 seats to elect a new Chhattisgarh Assembly, amid allegations of EVM tampering and malfunctioning in several areas.

    16:18 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Chhattisgarh polls: Congress moves EC over 'BJP's malpractices'

    According to IANS, the Congress approached the Election Commission alleging that Chhattisgarh's ruling BJP was involved in malpractices like the unauthorised possession of EVMs by a state official and distribution of cash by a BJP candidate. A Congress delegation led by P.L. Punia submitted a memorandum and video evidence to the poll panel. Pointing to reports of EVM's malfunctioning in many booths, the party also alleged that voting was 'deliberately delayed' in all those areas where the Congress has strong chance of winning. It also demanded suspension of BJP candidate Siddhnath Paikra in Samri seat of Balrampur district for 'distributing money' to voters on Monday. The party demanded a probe into the recovery of three EVMs from Ved Prakash Mishra, a government high school headmaster in Chrimiri in Korea district.

    15:20 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Chhattisgarh Polls: 45.2 per cent voting recorded till 2:55 PM

    Chhattisgarh Polls 2018: 45.2 per cent voting recorded till 2:55 pm. A total of 1,079 candidates are contesting in 72 constituencies in the second phase of assembly elections.

    14:57 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Chhattisgarh Polls: 35 per cent polling recorded till 1:30 pm

    Chhattisgarh Polls 2018: Around 35 per cent polling recorded till 1:30 pm. Polling for 72 seats in the second phase of assembly elections is underway in the BJP-ruled state.

    14:43 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections: Seats and candidates

    A total of 1,079 candidates are contesting in 72 constituencies. The maximum number of candidates are in Raipur City South constituency where 46 people are in the race. Of the 72 seats for which voting is underway, 17 are reserved for Scheduled Tribes and 9 for Scheduled Castes.

    14:23 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    EVM malfunctioning reported from several booths

    According to IANS, EVM malfunctioning was reported from several places including Dhamtari, Jashpur, Raipur, Ambikapur and Korba. However, the Election Commision asserted that the faulty machines were replaced and voting was not affected. State Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel said that in many places voting could not take place for over two hours because of faulty EVMs. "Is malfunctioning of EVMs mere coincidence or a conspiracy to vitiate the polling process," he asked. 

    14:04 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Raman Singh cast his vote in Kawardha

    Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh cast his vote at a polling booth in Kawardha. He has been ruling the state for the last 15 years and is looking at the fourth consecutive win. The voting is underway for 72 seats of 19 districts in the final phase. Till 12 pm, over 25 per cent voting was recorded.

    13:22 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Chhattisgarh Assembly elections: 76.28 per cent turnout was recorded in phase-I

    The first phase of polling was held on November 12. In the first round, 76.28 per cent voter turnout was recorded in 18 Assembly segments. The polling percentage in these 18 seats was 75.93 per cent in the 2013 Assembly polls. The highest polling percentage was recorded in Dongargaon (85.15), followed by Khujji (84.48), Khairagarh (84.31), Bastar (83.51), Kondagaon (82.84), Dongargarh (82.53), Keshkal (81.32) and Chitrakot (80.31).

    12:57 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Chhattisgarh Assembly Polls 2018: 25 per cent voting recorded till 12 pm

    Chhattisgarh Assembly Polls 2018: Over 25 per cent turnout has been reported till 12 pm. Two hours ago, the voter turnout was 12.5 per cent. The polling is underway for 72 seats of 19 districts in the final phase. In the first phase, polling was held for 18 seats of eight Naxal-hit districts on November 12. 

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    12:44 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    What Raman Singh said about Congress ahead of polls

    Chhattisgarh chief minister earlier said that the Congress had been saying "Gareebi hatao" for 70 years but hasn't been able to act on it. He said that people became poorer under Congress rule. Referring to the states ruled by Congress, the chief minister said that the situation in Karnataka and Punjab shows how people have been poor.  

    12:28 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    What BJP promised in Chhattisgarh

    The BJP in its manifesto has promised Rs 1000 pension per month for small and marginal farmers above 60 years, two lakh new pump connection to farmers, state scholarships for SC/ST students, pucca houses for poor families and unemployment allowance scheme to facilitate job for youths.

    Applauding BJP governments in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Shah said that the state no longer belonged to the BIMARU states. (Photo: PTI)

    12:03 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Technical snags in EVMs reported at some places

    According to a PTI, some technical snags in electronic voting machines (EVMs) were reported at some places and corrective measures were taken. Polling began at 8 am and around 12.54 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 10 am. The time of polling is from 8 am to 5 pm, but in two polling booths - Amamora and Modh - voting is being held from 7 am to 3 pm due to a threat posed by Naxals.

    11:47 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    What opinion polls tell us about Chhattisgarh results

    According to various pre-poll surveys, the BJP has a chance of winning the state yet again. The BJP has been in power for the last 15 years.  ABP News-CSDS predicted 56 of 90 seats for the ruling party while 25 for Congress. Cvoter predicted a neck-to-neck battle between both the national parties with a projection of 43 to BJP and 41 to Congress. 

     
    11:31 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Congress approaches EC over alleged tampering of EVMs

    A delegation of Congress leaders led by PL Punia today met the Election Commission in Delhi over alleging attempts to misuse and tamper EVMs in Chhattisgarh, ANI reported. Polling for 72 seats of 19 districts in the final phase is underway in the BJP-ruled state. 

    11:20 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    What Congress promised in Chhattisgarh

    During the poll campaign, the Congress promised loan waivers for farmers, bonus on paddy procurement and setting up a food processing unit if it wins the election in the state. The party accused Chief Minister Raman Singh of corruption in the state.

    11:01 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Can Mayawati-Ajit Jogi disturb Congress in Chhattisgarh?

    Earlier, the contest was between the BJP and Congress. But calculation changed after Mayawati tied up with Jogi as both the leaders have considerable presence in multiple regions where Congress had a chance of putting a good fight against the ruling BJP. The alliance can impact several seats of Bilaspur division. 

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    10:45 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Chhattisgarh Assembly Polls 2018: 12 per cent voting recorded till 10 am

    Chhattisgarh Assembly elections 2018: Over 12 per cent voting recorded till 10 am in the second phase of voting, ANI reported. In the second and final phase, the polling is underway for 72 seats of 19 districts. In the first phase, polling was held for 18 seats of eight Naxal-hit districts on November 12.

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    10:32 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    JCC President Ajit Jogi cast his vote in Pendra

    Former chief minister and Janta Congress Chhattisgarh President Ajit Jogi has cast his vote in Pendra. His son Amit Jogi also voted for the assembly elections. Ajit Jogi-led JCC has fielded candidates for 46 seats, while his ally Mayawati is contesting in 25 seats.

    10:20 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Narrow gap in vote share between BJP and Congress

    In the last assembly election, the BJP secured 41.04 per cent vote share and own 49 seat, while the Congress won 38 seats with a vote share of 40.29 per cent in 2013. The BJP has been in power in the state for the last 15 years.

    10:08 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Helicopters and drone put in place for the polls

    The administration has made elaborate security arrangements including use of helicopters and drone for the polls. The polling is underway at over 19,000 booths and over a lakh security personnel have been deployed to ensure peaceful voting.

    09:56 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Chhattisgarh polls: PM Modi urges voters to exercise their franchise

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged people to come out in large numbers and vote in what could be a crucial elections for the BJP. In a tweet put out today, the Prime Minister requested voters to participate in large numbers in "the festival of democracy".  

    09:47 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Chhattisgarh Polls: AAP contesting in 66 seats

    The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party has fielded candidates for 66 of 72 constituencies facing poll today. Mayawati-led BSP is contesting for 25 seats while its ally Ajit Jogi's Janta Congress Chhattisgarh is fighting in 46 seats.

    09:38 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Three-way fight is expected in several seats

    Earlier, the main contest was between the BJP and Congress. However, now it has changed with Mayawati joining hands with Ajit Jogi in the state. With this, a three-way contest is expected in several seats of Bilaspur division where Jogi's party and the BSP have a considerable presence. Ajit Jogi is contesting from the Marwahi segment where the BJP and the Congress have fielded new faces.

    09:14 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Chhattisgarh Assembly elections seat break-up

    In the second phase, polling is underway for 72 seats of which 46 are for the general category, nine are reserved for Scheduled Castes and 17 for Scheduled Tribes candidates. In 2013, the BJP had won 43 seats while the Congress had bagged 27.

    09:03 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Chhattisgarh Polls: 76 per cent voter turnout in Phase-I

    Chhattisgarh elections 2018: The first phase of polls was held on November 12 in eighteen seats of eight Naxal-hit districts wherein over 76 per cent voter turnout was recorded.

    08:57 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Web casting facility at 2,112 polling booths

    The Election Commission has set up web casting facility at 2,112 of 19,336 polling booths across the state. Through web casting facility, the commission can monitor those polling stations. In the final phase of voting, over 84000 polling personnel have been deployed including the reserve staff.

    08:49 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Key Congress candidates for the final phase

    Congress state chief Bhupesh Baghel is contesting from Patan constituency. Besides Baghel, leader of opposition TS Singhdeo, Congress MP from Durg Lok Sabha seat Tamradhwaj Sahu, and former union minister Charandas Mahant are also in the race today.

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    08:38 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Chhattisgarh Assembly elections 2018: 119 women in fray

    In the second phase of polls, 119 women candidates are contesting in the polls.  A maximum number of candidates are in Raipur city south constituency where 46 nominees are in the race.  The least number of candidates are in Bindranavagarh where only 6 contestants are fighting.

    08:29 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Chhattisgarh Polls: 1.50 lakh security personnel deployed in the state

    Around 1.50 lakh security personnel have been deployed across the state to ensure peaceful voting. An extra vigil is being maintained in Naxal-affected districts such as Gariaband, Dhamtari, Mahasamund, Kabirdham, Jashpur and Balrampur.

    08:18 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Chhattisgarh Elections 2018: 19,296 polling booths for second phase

    The voting has begun for the second phase of polling on 72 seats in 19 districts of the state. For the second phase of polls, as many as 19,296 polling booths have been set up for 1,53,85,983 voters. 

    08:12 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Polling begins in Chhattisgarh

    Chhattisgarh elections 2018: The voting has begun for the second and final phase of polling on 72 seats.

    08:01 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Three-way contest expected in Chhattisgarh

    The people of the state were expecting contest between the BJP and Congress. However, Mayawati-led BSP joined hands with Ajit Jogi and could throw change the numbers for both the national parties. The alliance has considerable presence in several seats of Bilaspur division. Ajit Jogi is contesting from the Marwahi where the BJP and the Congress have fielded new faces Archana Porte and Gulab Singh, respectively.

    07:55 (IST)20 Nov 2018
    Nine BJP ministers in the race today

    The BJP has fielded nine ministers in the second phase of the polls. Among the ministers are Brijmohan Agrawal, Rajesh Munat, Amar Agrawal, Bhaiyyalal Rajwade, Ramsevak Paikra, Punnulal Mohile, Prem Prakash Pandey, Dayaldas Baghel, Ajay Chandrakar, and also state chief Dharamlal Kaushik.

    So far, almost all opinion polls have predicted a lead for the BJP with Congress falling behind in the race. The BJP is expecting to win over 60 of 90 seats in the state. In the last assembly elections in 2013, the saffron party had won 49 seats while Congress settled with 39 seats. The state may see a three-way contest with Mayawati-led BSP joining hands with Ajit Jogi's Janta Congress Chhattisgarh.
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