Chhattisgarh election: Polling for first phase underway
Voting for the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly elections began on Monday morning.
Raipur: Voting for the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly elections began on Monday morning.
Of total 18 constituencies, polling for 10 seats is being held from 7 am to 3 pm while voting in the remainder of the constituencies will take place from 8 am to 5 pm. Tight security arrangements have been made in all the districts of the state to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections.
Scores of security personnel from Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF) and Indo-Tibetan Border Force (ITBP) have been deployed in the state. Apart from this, the Indian Air Force (IAF) and BSF choppers are also being used for vigilance purposes.
Chhattisgarh border along with Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha are also under tight surveillance.
In the first phase of the polling, over 31 lakh voters would exercise their franchise to choose their representatives from 190 candidates.
The fate of incumbent Chief Minister Raman Singh who has been pitted from Rajnandgaon constituency will also be sealed today. The Congress party has fielded former prime minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee's niece Karuna Shukla from this seat against Raman Singh.
Voting to start in 5 constituencies of Rajnandgaon & 3 constituencies of Bastar at 8 am in the first phase of #ChhattisgarhAssemblyElections2018; #Visuals from a polling station in Rajnandgaon pic.twitter.com/Tk2vmlQrL5— ANI (@ANI) November 12, 2018
The Rajnandgaon constituency will be keenly-watched as the highest numbers of 30 candidates are contesting from here. While the lowest of five candidates each are contesting from Bastar and Kondagaon constituencies.
The remaining 72 constituencies in the state will go to polls on November 20. The result of the assembly polls will be announced on December 11. (ANI)