The polling for the first phase of Chattisgarh assembly elections concluded at 5.30 pm on Monday, November 12.
The voting for all 18 seats in the first phase began at 7 am and concluded at 5.30 pm.
Stringent security arrangements were made and over 1.25 lakh police and paramilitary personnel were deployed to counter possible Naxal attacks during the assembly elections.
The polling began at 7 am in Mohla-Manpur, Antagarh, Bhanupratappur, Kanker, Keshkal, Kondagaon, Narayanpur, Dantewada, Bijapur and Konta.
While districts like Khairagarh, Dongargarh, Khuji, Rajnandgaon, Dongargaon, Bastar, Jagdalpur and Chitrakot commenced polling from 8 am, reports NDTV.
In the first phase, 190 candidates were in the fray and as per electoral rolls, there were about 31,80,014 voters. Women voters outnumber men for the first phase of polling, with 16,22,492 female voters as against 15,57,435 men. There were 87 third gender voters as well, reports PTI.
Polling concludes in first phase of assembly elections
56.58% voter turnout recorded till 4.30 pm in first phase of Chhattisgarh assembly elections
In the first phase of Chhattisgarh assembly elections, voter turnout recorded 56.58% till 4.30 pm, including 61.47% in Kondagaon, 63.51% in Keshkal, 62% in Kanker, 58% in Bastar, 49% in Dantewada, 60.5% in Khairagarh, 64% in Dongargarh, 65.5% in Khujji, reports ANI.
5 Naxals killed in encounter, three CoBRA commando injured
Around five Naxals were killed in an encounter that broke out between security forces & Naxals in Bijapur's Pamed area during the assembly elections. Three personnel of Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) were injured.
#UPDATE: Three more personnel of Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) are injured and around five Naxals are dead in the encounter that broke out between security forces & Naxals in Bijapur's Pamed area today. All the CoBRA personnel are out danger. #Chhattisgarh https://t.co/TkhHF0pjpG— ANI (@ANI) November 12, 2018
103-year-old woman casts vote in Gorgunda's Devarpalli
A 103-year-old woman, Soni Bai, turned up to cast her vote in Gorgunda's Devarpalli, Sukma. Her son carried her in his arms to the polling station.
Voter turnout highest in Rajnandgaon followed by Kondagaon
Voter turnout recorded highest in Rajnandgaon in the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly elections with 39% in Mohala-Manpur constituency followed by Kondagaon district which recorded a voter turnout of 33 per cent.
Claims of EVMs malfunctioning repeatedly are false, says EC
Certain sources are spreading rumours that EVMs are malfunctioning repeatedly. This is to clarify that above info is false. Voting is going on smoothly. If at all, any glitches are noticed, issue is sorted out as quickly as possible: Election Commission
Certain sources are spreading rumours that EVMs are malfunctioning repeatedly. This is to clarify that above info is false. Voting is going on smoothly. If at all, any glitches are noticed, issue is sorted out as quickly as possible: Election Commission on #ChhattisgarhElections pic.twitter.com/7n4g7XDQh4— ANI (@ANI) November 12, 2018
Out of 4,336 polling stations, 53 delayed start of polling
In the first phase of Chhattisgarh assembly elections, out of the total of 4336 polling stations, 53 reported delayed start of polling due to technical reasons.
53 polling stations out of the total of 4336 reported delayed start of polling due to technical reasons, however, 100% polling stations have reported smooth polling with long queues outside: Election Commission on #ChhattisgarhAssemblyElections2018 pic.twitter.com/5iRyCcrqUv— ANI (@ANI) November 12, 2018
Voters protest outside polling booth in Jagdalpur, say names of many voters missing from list
Voters in Jagdalpur's Gandhi Nagar ward protested outside the polling centre, claiming names of many voters including those who have been living in Chhattisgarh for past 25 years are missing.
Two CoBRA commando injured in Naxalite encounter
Two Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) jawans were injured in an encounter which broke out between security forces & Naxals in Bijapur's Pamed area at around 12:20 pm. Gun battle underway.
Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh urges youth, women and senior citizens to cast their votes
Chief Minister Raman Singh took to Twitter and urged youth, women and senior citizens of the state to cast their votes in the assembly elections.
आज हमारे छत्तीसगढ़ में भारतीय लोकतांत्रिक व्यवस्था का महापर्व है। आप सभी युवाओं, महिलाओं और वरिष्ठजनों से मेरा यह आग्रह है कि छत्तीसगढ़ विधानसभा चुनाव-2018 के प्रथम चरण में आप सभी अपने मताधिकार का प्रयोग अवश्य करें। आपका मतदान ही राष्ट्र की ताकत है।— Dr Raman Singh (@drramansingh) November 12, 2018
Three IEDs detected near polling booth in Konta
Three IEDs have been detected near a polling booth in Konta's Banda. CRPF bomb disposal squad are now in the process of defusing them.
Differently-abled voter reaches Chintagupha polling booth to cast his vote
PM Modi urges people from Chhattisgarh to vote
Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the people of Chhattisgarh to cast their votes in large numbers.
छत्तीसगढ़ में मतदान का आज पहला चरण है। सभी मतदाताओं से मेरा आग्रह है कि वे पूरे उत्साह के साथ लोकतंत्र के महापर्व में अवश्य भाग लें और भारी संख्या में मतदान करें।— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 12, 2018
100-year-old woman reaches polling booth in Sukma to cast her vote
A 100-year-old woman reached a polling booth in Dornapal constituency to cast her vote in the first phase of assembly elections.
10.7% voter turnout till 10 am
Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasted by Naxals
"Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was triggered by Naxals on Tumakpal-Nayanar road at around 5:30 am to target security forces. No harm to security forces & polling party. Party safely reached to Nayanar polling booth No. 183 under PS Katekalyan," Devnath AIG (Anti-Naxal Ops) told ANI.