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After Being Postponed Twice, 71% Voter Turnout Recorded in Odisha's Patkura Assembly Poll

Elaborate security arrangements were in place to ensure fair and peaceful polling in 309 polling stations. The state police and central armed police force had been deployed for the purpose, the collector said.

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Updated:July 20, 2019, 10:20 PM IST
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After Being Postponed Twice, 71% Voter Turnout Recorded in Odisha's Patkura Assembly Poll
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Kendrapara: An estimated 71 per cent of the over 2.44 lakh voters exercised their franchise Saturday amidst tight security in the election to Odisha's Patkura assembly seat, where polling had been postponed twice in past two months.

Polling was peaceful and brisk despite intermittent drizzling and overcast skies. Long queues of voters were sighted in each of the 309 polling booths in the constituency.

Around 71 per cent turnout was recorded at 6 PM and the final polling percentage is likely to go up as a large number of voters waited in the queue, Deputy Collector (Election) Sambit Satpathy said.

Polling was delayed at seven polling stations due to malfunctioning of EVMs and resumed after the glitches were rectified, Kendrapara Collector Samarth Verma said.

The administration made arrangements for the convenience for elderly persons and the physically challenged by pressing into service auto-rickshaws in the 52-gram panchayats under the constituency in accordance with Election Commission guidelines, he said.

Elaborate security arrangements were in place to ensure fair and peaceful polling in 309 polling stations. The state police and central armed police force had been deployed for the purpose, the collector said.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's bete noire, Bijoy Mohapatra of the BJP is locked in a fight with BJD nominee Sabitri Agarwal, the widow of Bed Prakash Agarwal, in the seat.

Polling in Patkura Assembly seat was scheduled on April 29, but could not take place because of the death of BJD candidate Bed Prakash Agarwal on April 20. The ECI then fixed May 19 as the new date for the polls in Patkura but further postponed due to Cyclone Fani which hit the state on May 3.

While there are 10 candidates in the fray, it is likely to be a straight fight between the BJD and the BJP. The Congress has fielded Jayanta Kumar Mohanty. Counting of votes is scheduled to be held on July 24.

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