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Odisha Assembly elections highlights: 35% voter turnout recorded till 1 pm

More than 9.5 million voters in the 42 assembly constituencies will cast their votes across the state. There are 346 candidates in assembly constituencies.

By HT correspondent | Apr 29, 2019 23:52 IST

The fate of five Biju Janata Dal ministers, ex-minister and the current Congress state president will be decided in the fourth and final round of polls for the 42 of Odisha’s 147 assembly seats that are voting on April 29.

More than 9.5 million voters in the 42 assembly constituencies are cast their votes across the state. There are 346 candidates in assembly constituencies. In the third phase, 71.61% of the 9.2 million voters had cast their votes for 42 Assembly constituencies on April 23.

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01.00 pm IST

35% voter turnout recorded till 1 pm

About 35 per cent voter turnout in six hours in the fourth and final phase of voting in the state, reported news agency.

12.00 pm IST

Villagers in several assembly constituencies boycott polling

Villagers in several assembly constituencies have boycotted the polling protesting against the district administration for failing to provide basic facilities in their areas. Voters of Baragadia Dalitsahi in Sukinda Assembly constituency boycotted the polls against the inaction of the administration to shift them from Kalinganagar industrial area in Jajpur district, reported news agency.

11.30 pm IST

Three polling officials suspended by Jajpur Collector

Three polling officials were suspended by Jajpur Collector Ranjan Kumar Das for allegedly influencing voters, reported news agency. In Binjharpur, Presiding Officers of booth number 191 Baikunthanath Mallick and booth number 135 Dhirendranath Tripathy were suspended for influencing voters, besides in Sukinda, fourth polling officer of booth number 196 Janardhan Prusty was also removed, reported news agency.

11.00 am IST

17% voter turnout recorded till 11 am

Voting for the fourth and final phase of polling for six Lok Sabha and 41 assembly constituencies witnessed 17 per cent voter turnout till 11 am.

10.30 AM IST

EVM, VVPPAT snags hit polling

In the Bhadrak Lok Sabha seat, voting was delayed due to a snag in EVMs in 22 booths while in the Jagatsinghpur parliamentary constituency similar problems were reported from ten booths. In Balasore, EVM and VVPAT glitches were reported from 20 booths while in eight booths in Jajpur district had similar problems.

10.00 AM IST

9% polling recorded in first two hours

An estimated nine per cent of the 95.06 lakh voters exercised their franchise in the first two hours of polling on Monday in six Lok Sabha and 41 assembly constituencies of Odisha, reported news agency.

09.50 AM IST

Patkura Assembly seat will vote on May 19, following the death of BJD candidate

This is the fourth and final phase of polling in Odisha, except for the Patkura Assembly seat, where voting will be held on May 19, following the death of the BJD candidate.

09.40 AM IST

Technical glitch in EVMs delayed polling in 60 booths

Technical glitches in EVMs delayed polling in 60 booths, but it resumed after the snags were rectified, reported news agencies.

09.05 AM IST

Bhandaripokhari, Basta among key constituencies

The key constituencies going to polls in the fourth phase are Bhandaripokhari, Balikuda-Erasama, Basta and Kendrapara.

08.58 AM IST

People queuing up at Odisha’s Balasore constituency

People queuing up to vote in a booth in Balasore Lok sabha constituency.

08.20 AM IST

In 42 Assembly seats, fight is mostly between BJD, BJP

In the 42 Assembly seats, the fight is mostly between BJD and BJP while Congress seems relevant in about 15-odd seats.

08.10 AM IST

Over 95 lakh voters are eligible to cast votes in fourth phase

More than 9.5 million voters in the 42 assembly constituencies will cast their votes across the state.

08.00 AM IST

CAPF deployed, CCTV installed at 554 booths

The Central Armed Police Force has been deployed at critical polling stations, while CCTVs have been installed at 554 booths and webcasting is being carried out at 1126 booths, reported news agency.

07.50 AM IST

EC identifies 3092 polling stations as critical polling stations

The Election Commission has identified 3092 polling stations as critical polling stations, reported news agency.

07.45 AM IST

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