Odisha Records 61% Voter Turnout In The Third Phase Of Polls

Odisha, which is conducting simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections this year, recorded a 61% turnout in the third phase of the ongoing elections, held on April 23. The third phase of elections, with a total of 9.2 million eligible voters across Odisha, will decide the fate for six parliamentary constituencies and forty-two legislative assembly seats in the state.

Polling commenced at 7 AM and continued till 5 PM. Those who had joined the voting queue before 5 PM were permitted to exercise their right. Thousands of first-time voters thronged the 10,064 booths marked across the state to cast their votes. In all, there are 61 candidates competing for the Parliamentary seats, while 356 candidates were in the fray for the Assembly seats.

Similar to most parts in India, the polling in Odisha too saw some issues. In Dhenkanal district, polling official Nabakishore Nayak collapsed and died in the booth premises. Glitches in EVM and VVPAT (Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail) machines were also reported in two booths from Badamba and Deogarh assembly constituencies, following which polling operations were suspended.

While in 2014, the electoral race was amongst the triad of the BJD, BJP and the Congress, this time the limelight has been hogged by the BJD and the BJP alone. In key constituencies of Bhubaneswar, Puri, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Keonjhar and Sambalpur, the two parties were locked in an intense struggle.

The results are expected to be declared on May 23.

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