Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018 HIGHLIGHTS: Chhattisgarh has recorded 71.93 per cent voter turnout till 6 pm in the second phase of Assembly elections. In the first phase held for 18 seats, the percentage recorded was 76.42. With Tuesday’s polling percentage, the total turnout for Chhattisgarh has been 74.17 per cent, which may go up further, Deputy Election Commissioner Umesh Sinha said in a press conference. In 2013, the total voting percentage in the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections was 77.12.
Although the polling officially closed at 5, those who were still in the line and were given slips were allowed to vote. Tuesday’s election was peaceful and incident-free because of the elaborate security arrangements, said Sinha.
The second and final phase of the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections were held Tuesday for 72 of the 90 seats in the state amid tight security arrangements. With as many as 1,079 candidates in the fray, over 1.54 crore voters, including 77.53 lakh male, 76.46 lakh female and 877 transgender, cast their votes today. While polling began at 7 am in two of the 19,336 booths, the rest followed the usual time of 8 am to 5 pm.
The ruling BJP holds 43 of the 72 seats, with the party sweeping several areas in the Chhattisgarh plains in the 2013 elections. The Congress is confident of consolidating its position and overturning deficits in the plains with farmer anger against the BJP. There is a third element for the first time in a bipolar state, after Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), former chief minister Ajit Jogi’s Janata Congress Chhattisgarh and the Communist Party of India (CPI) joined hands to contest the polls.