First phase of Chhattisgarh assembly polls for 18 seats today


Nearly one lakh security personnel including paramilitary forces were deployed to ensure violence-free assembly elections in 18 assembly seats of Chhattisgarh. The first first phase of assembly elections took place today, while the remaining 72 seats will go to polls on 20 November.

The areas going for polls today includes strife-torn southern Chhattisgarh, while the northen part of the state will go for polls in the second and last phase a week from now. Of 18 seats going for polls today are 12 in Bastar and six in Rajnandgaon district. All these 18 seats are affected by Maoist insurgency. These constituencies are  Khairagarh, Dongargarh (SC), Rajnandgaon, Dongargaon, Khujji, Mohla-Manpur (ST), Antagarh (ST), Bhanupratappur (ST), Kanker (ST), Keshkal (ST), Kondagaon (ST), Narayanpur (ST), Bastar (ST), Jagdalpur, Chitrakot (ST), Dantewada (ST), Bijapur (ST) and Konta (ST).

Chief Minister Raman Singh, his two cabinet colleagues and an incumbent BJP MP are among the 190 candidates contesting in the first phase of polls today.

Although, the BJP had won the 2013 elections, it was able to win only six out of 18 seats, where voting is taking place today.

As many as 4,336 polling booths have been set up for the first phase of the state polls. There are 31,79,520 voters, including 16,21,839 males, 15,57,592 females and 89 of the third gender, reported news agency PTI.

A report by India Today said that the central government had deployed a total of 650 companies, including those from paramilitary units like CRPF, BSF, ITBP and around 65,000 personnel from police forces of other states.

Polling will take place from 7.00 am to 3.00 pm in 10 constituencies. In five constituencies of Rajnandgaon and three constituencies of Bastar, polling will happen from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm.

The counting of votes will take place on 12 December along with Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Miazoram. According to a poll survey by ABP News-V-Voter, in the 90-seat state assembly, the Congress is expected to win 47 seats, while 40 seats appear to be going to the BJP.

Live updates:-

  • 25.15% voter turnout recorded till 1 pm in the first phase of #ChhattisgarhAssemblyElections2018. (ANI)
  • Chhattisgarh: Encounter broke out between security forces & Naxals in Bijapur’s Pamed area at around 12:20 pm today. Firing underway (ANI)
  • 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 (ANI)
  • Three IEDs have been detected near a polling booth in Konta’s Banda and CRPF Bomb disposal squad is in the process of defusing. Polling is underway at a makeshift booth under a tree. #ChhattisgarhAssemblyElections2018 (ANI)
  • 10.7% voter turnout recorded till 10 am in the first phase of #ChhattisgarhAssemblyElections2018 in 18 constituencies (ANI)
  • 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 (ANI)
  • 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)- ANI
  • Dantewada: 1-2 kilograms of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasted by naxals near Tumakpal camp in Katekalyan block. (ANI)