66 PC Voting By 5 PM

In Odisha voter turnout of 66 per cent has been recorded till 5PM where polling is being held in four Lok Sabha seats and 28 Assembly segments on 11 April.

 "As per reports received from the constituencies, about 66 per cent of the electorate have cast their vote till 5 PM," Chief Electoral Officer Surendra Kumar said.

Polling was conducted in a peaceful manner in all these areas, Mr.Kumar said.

The CEO said that technical glitches were less than One Percent in the state due to large scale training and awareness among the officers.

 

 

At several places such glitches were noticed in Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) in several booths, but sectoral officers replaced the defective machines within 30 to 40 minutes.

Despite some delay in starting the polling in these booths, the process picked up after corrective measures were taken by the concerned officials, CEO said.

In a booth located atop a hill in an inaccessible area of Nuapada district, the poll personnel took quick steps to replace a defective EVM, official said.

To a query about voters boycotting election at Kotpad in Koraput district over some local problems, the CEO said efforts were being made to convince them to exercise their democratic right.

Long queues were seen at polling stations in the morning hours in Koraput, Kalahandi, Nabarangpur and Berhampur Lok Sabha constituencies and 28 Assembly segments.

Snags in EVMs were reported from Malkangiri and Chitrakonda areas under Nabarangpur Lok Sabha seat, Lamptaput and Jeypore in Koraput and Gopalpur, Digapahandi and Berhampur, sources said.

While polling will be held in 8 Assembly segments till 6 PM, voting will end at 4 PM in 20 Maoist-affected constituencies, the CEO said.

Prominent among those who voted were former Union Minister Chandra Sekhar Sahoo who is the BJD candidate from Berhampur Lok Sabha seat and BJP State President Basant Panda, also in the fray from Kalahandi Lok Sabha seat.

Congress leader and former Union Minister Bhakta Charan Das and former Minister and BJD Leader Pushpendra Singh Deo, who are crossing swords in Kalahandi Lok Sabha seat, also participated in voting process.

Lok Sabha and Assembly elections are being held simultaneously in Odisha in four phases. Voting for the next three phases will be held on April 18, 23 and 29.


There are 21 Lok Sabha and 147 Assembly seats in the state.

 

Till date over Rs.2.04 Crore cash has been seized and Excise authorities have seized huge quantity of liquor and drugs, said sources.


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