MP By-elections: 66.1 % voting in Shahdol Lok Sabha seat and 71.2 % in Nepanagar assembly seat
The voting for by-elections to Shahdol Lok Sabha seat and Nepanagar assembly seat on Saturday went peacefully except for some people abstaining from voting at few places in Shahdol constituency.bhopal Updated: Nov 20, 2016 20:30 IST
The voting for by-elections to Shahdol Lok Sabha seat and Nepanagar assembly seat on Saturday went peacefully except for some people abstaining from voting at few places in Shahdol constituency. The Shahdol Lok Sabha seat recorded a voting percentage of 66.14, higher than it recorded in 2014 elections, when its voting percentage was 62.2. The Nepanagar assembly seat recorded a voting percentage of 71.25, less than the 2013 assembly elections when the constituency recorded 76.98 % voting.
Of 66.14 % voting for Shahdol Lok Sabha seat, the percentage of male voters was 68.57 and females was 65.88. In case of Nepanagar assembly segment, the number of male voters was 72.59 and that of females was 69.84.
Over 18 lakh voters were expected to exercise their right to franchise in these by-polls to decide the fate of 21 candidates. Shahdol LS seat is spread over four districts including Shahdol, Katni, Annuppur and Umaria.
Saleena Singh, chief electoral officer Madhya Pradesh, while addressing a press conference earlier in the day said voting was peaceful at both places, except for few people abstaining from voting for brief period at few places in Shahdol Lok Sabha constituency. The areas included Manpur, Bandhavgarh assembly seat, Bangda, Kirantal, Mahura , Jaitpur, Sonvarsha, she said. The people abstained from voting due to issues like polling booth not set up in their promised area or lack of road in their areas, sources told HT.
Saleena Singh said that electronic voting machines (EVMs) malfunctioned at 15 booths including 9 polling booths in Annuppur district , two booths in Shahdol district , and at one booth in Nepanagar. They were replaced and voting resumed, she added.
She said since October 17, when the model code of conduct came into force, money worth Rs 4.23 crore was seized from different parts of MP. She said Rs 4 crore was seized in Burhanpur district, Rs 8 lakh in Umaria district, Rs 14 lakh in Annuppur district and Rs 1.1 lakh in Katni district. She added that 4979.2 litres of liquor and 38.14 kgs of drugs was also seized during the raids.
Since both the constituencies are reserved for the Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates, the result on November 22 is likely to reflect the mood of tribals on demonetisation and a trend ahead of the next 2018 assembly elections in the state.
Seventeen candidates are in fray for the Shahdol Lok Sabha seat, while four candidates are contesting the elections in the Nepanagar assembly constituency.
These by-polls assume significance in view of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to demonetise high value currency notes as they happen to be the first elections, after the decision. Voting was held for 4 Lok Sabha seats in three states and 8 assembly seats in six states on Saturday.