Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram went to polls on early Wednesday morning. In MP, over five crore people will decide the fate of 2,907 candidates contesting in 230 constituencies.
In Mizoram, the polling in 40-member legislative will decide the fate of 209 candidates, reports NDTV.
While Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is seeking to be re-elected for the fourth time, Congress is looking forward for the third term in Mizoram, where it has held power since 2008. BJP has never won an election in the hill state.
The counting of votes will be held on December 11, along with three other states - Telangana, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh.
During the voting process in Madhya Pradesh, three polling officers -- one election commissioner from Guna and two from Indore -- passed away suddenly during the voting process. They were at the polling booths at the time of the incident.
58% voter turnout in Mizoram till 3 pm
58 percent of the total voters have turned up till 3 pm in Mizoram.
50% voter turnout in MP till 3 pm
The Election Commission has recorded a 50 percent voter turnout in Madhya Pradesh till 3 pm.
27% voter turnout recorded in Madhya Pradesh till 1 pm
27% voters have cast their votes till 1 pm
49% voter turnout till 1 pm in Mizoram
49 percent voters turned up to vote in Mizoram till 1 pm.
Chief election Commissioner Rawat comments on Scindia's request for extended voting time
"There are provisions for the extension of time, the local officers can take the call as they see fit. The matter does not need to be handled by the commission." CEC O P Rawat told ANI.
CEC O P Rawat on Jyotiraditya Scindia's request to EC to extend polling time due to EVM malfunction: There are provisions for the extension of time, the local officers can take the call as they see fit. The matter does not need to be handled by the commission. pic.twitter.com/OznJsAKzcJ— ANI (@ANI) November 28, 2018
Firing outside polling booths in Madhya Pradesh
According to Business-Standard, firing was reported outside booths 120 and 122 in Bhind district's Mehgaon constituency.
One man is critically injured.
NDTV reports that the shots were fired by supporters of Rashtriya Lok Samata Party. The party's candidate, Dr Rajkumar has been kept under house arrest.
21% voting till 11 am in Madhya Pradesh
21 percent voting has been reported in Madhya Pradesh till 11 am on Wednesday.
Jyotiraditya Scindia requests for extended voting time after malfuntioning EVMs
The Congress leader said, "There have been many complaints of EVMs malfunctioning, have written to Election Commission. Have requested that voting time in these polling booths should be extended to compensate for the delay."
25% voter turnout till 10 am in Mizoram
25 percent of the seven lakh voters came to cast their votes in Mizoram on Wednesday.
BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya travels in a horse chariot to cast his vote in Indore
BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya travels in style in a horse chariot to cast his vote in Indore. His wife is also seen traveling with him.
Rs 10 lakh compensation for family of deceased polling officers
The Election commission announced a Rs 10 lakh compensation for the families of the three polling officers who suddenly passed away during the voting process in Madhya Pradesh, reports ANI.
Bru refugees cast their vote at make-shift polling booths
Bru refugees, who were chased out of Mizoram in 1998 on ethnic grounds came to the Mizo state to cast their votes in Kanhmun village in Mamit district. Over 12,000 Brus came to cast their vote at 15 temporary polling booths installed for them.
"They started coming here since 6 AM in the morning. Till now there is around 10 percent turnout in the 15 polling booths set up for nine assembly constituencies at Kanhmun", a modal election officer who wished to remain unidentified told Indian Express.
3 poll officers in MP die as voting is underway
According to ANI, one election commissioner in Guna and two others in Indore passed away due to cardiac arrests at the polling booths during the voting process.
Voting in Naxal-affected district in MP from 7 am to 3 pm
Polling in Madhya Pradesh is from 8 am to 5 pm. However, for three segments, Lanji, Paraswada, and Baihar, in Balaghat region the voting time is from 7 am to 3 pm. These three districts are known for the Naxal activity.
Voter turnout in Mizoram till 9 am
15 % total voter turnout has been recorded in Mizoram till 9 AM.
People line up to cast their votes in Mizoram
Congress minister Kamal Nath says that he has faith in the people of Madhya Pradesh
"I have full faith in the people of Madhya Pradesh, they are simple and innocent people who have been robbed for a long time by BJP," Congress minister Kamal Nath told ANI.
Madhya Pradesh Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia casts her vote
Madhya Pradesh Minister Yashodhara Raje is contesting in Shivpuri with the BJP's ticket against Congress' Siddharth Lada.
Campaign material seized from BJP workers in Bhopal
The police arrested one person after a campaign material was found and seized near a polling booth at Saint Mary's in Bhopal. The material was found with BJP polling agents who were placed 200 metres away from the booths, reports ANI.
PM Modi asks youth in Mizoram to vote
The political parties contesting in the elections have urged voters over social media to vote.
PM Modi asked the voters in Mizoram to come out in large numbers and vote. He said, " I request my sisters and brothers of Mizoram, particularly the dynamic youth of the state, to turnout in large numbers and vote."
The BJP has not yet been able to make a mark in the eastern-state of India which has been ruled by the Congress since 2008.
Chouhan confident of BJP's victory
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that he is 100 percent confident that BJP will form the government in the state.
"We are 100 percent certain that BJP will form the government with an absolute majority. We have set a target of 200 seats and our lakhs of volunteers are working to make it a reality," Chouhan was quoted as saying by ANI.