Bullet vs ballot: Voters in Chhattisgarh defied threats to exercise their right

There has been a 70% voter turnout in the 18 of the 90 districts which went to poll in the first phase of elections today. Second round of voting in Chhattisgarh will be held on 20th November.

18 out of 90 assembly constituencies in Chhattisgarh went to vote in the first phase of elections held today. The voter turnout, especially in the Naxal-affected ‘Red Corridor’ was very encouraging. Despite the threats and call to boycott polls, 70% voters came out to vote.

At 4:30 pm, overall voter turnout percentage was 56.58%. Voter turnout was 61.47% in Kondagaon, 63.51% in Keshkal, 62% in Kanker, 58% in Bastar, 49% in Dantewada, 60.5% in Khairagarh, 64% in Dongargarh, 64.19% in Dongargaon and 65.5% in Khujji.

Amidst the scenes of horror, there were a few heartwarming scenes. Differently-abled voters braved the threats to come out and vote.

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A makeshift booth was set up under a tree after an IED was detected near a polling booth.

A visually impaired voter caste his vote in Naxal-affected Dantewada.

These women did not let their age come in between their duty to vote.

Voters in Muchnar village in Naxal-affected Dantewada crossed the river Indravati to cast their vote.

The voting concluded at 5:30 pm and the polling agents were airlifted from the booths to the main office. The process of airlifting polling agents began at around 4 pm. All polling agents and polling material has been safely received at main office. Heavy security is deployed at the strong room where the VVPAT machines will be kept.

The second phase of voting in Chhattisgarh will take place on 20th November and the results will be declared on 11th December.

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