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No reports of violence till noon, asserts CEO

Rejecting earlier reports, The Madya Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer said polling was peaceful all over the state and no report of violent incident has been received till noon.

india Updated: Dec 01, 2003 15:00 IST

Polling was peaceful all over Madhya Pradesh and no report of any violent incident or booth capturing has been received from any part of the state till noon, state Chief Electoral Officer DS Mathur said on Monday.

Specifically asked by reporters about reports of firing and booth capturing in Lahar in Bhind district where Cooperative Minister Govind Singh is contesting, he said there was no such report and polling was going on smoothly.

There were instances of malfunctioning of the Electronic Voting Machines from Jabalpur, Ujjain and Mandla but they were immediately rectified, he said.

Ten per cent of votes were cast in the first three hours with urban areas witnessing a larger turnout of 18 to 20 per cent than in rural areas ranging from six to 10 per cent.

The polling in Naxalite-infested Balaghat district was also going on smoothly and the turnout there was also good despite boycott call by the People's War Group, he said.

First Published: Dec 01, 2003 14:46 IST