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LS polls: 62.5 per cent voter turnout recorded in seven seats of Chhattisgarh

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Last Updated: April 24, 2014, 19:42 IST

LS polls: 62.5 per cent voter turnout recorded in seven seats of Chhattisgarh

62.5 per cent of the electorate cast their vote in the seven Lok Sabha seats in Chhattisgarh, where the last phase of polling took place on Thursday amidst tight security. Polling has been by and large peaceful in the state.

62.5 per cent of the electorate cast their vote in the seven Lok Sabha seats in Chhattisgarh, where the last phase of polling took place on Thursday amidst tight security. Polling has been by and large peaceful in the state.

62.5 per cent voter turnout was recorded in the seven constituencies - Raipur, Durg, Bilaspur, Janjgir- Champa (SC), Raigarh (ST), Surguja (ST) and Korba -  State Joint Chief Electoral Officer DD Singh said. A large number of youths lined up before polling booths since early morning in capital Raipur, Durg, Bilaspur and Korba. Meanwhile, EVMs were replaced at several places after they developed snag, Singh said.

A total of 153 candidates, including 15 women, are in the fray. As many as 14,474 booths - 3,283 of them declared critical - have been set up in these constituencies which are spread across 14 districts covering 58 Assembly seats.

In the urban areas it has been comparatively sluggish.

Key contestants in the third and last round of polling in the State include sitting Congress MP and Union Minister Charandas Mahant (Korba), State BJP chief and sitting MP Vishnu Deo Sai (Raigarh-ST), six-time MP Ramesh Bais of BJP (Raipur), national president of BJP Mahila Morcha and sitting MP Saroj Pandey (Durg) and Karuna Shukla, Congress nominee and niece of former Prime Minister AB Vajpayee (Bilaspur).

The State, which has 11 Lok Sabha seats, voted for four of them on April 10 and 17.

(With agency inputs)


first published:April 24, 2014, 19:42 IST
last updated:April 24, 2014, 19:42 IST