Polling gets underway amidst Maoists' boycott call in 18 Assembly constituencies of Chhattisgarh, on Monday.
This is the first phase of Assembly elections in the State where 190 candidates are in the fray and as per electoral rolls, there are 31,80,014 voters.
Voting began at 7 am in 10 out 18 constituencies, while in the remaining areas it is from 8 am to 5 pm.
Nearly 38 per cent electorate cast their votes till 2 pm in 18 Assembly constituencies, a poll official said. He said polling was being held after 15 years in Sukma district’s Palam Adgu village where 44 voters exercised their franchise so far. As many as 31 electronic voting machines (EVMs) and 51 voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) machines were replaced due to technical snags, the official said.
The Chief Electoral Officer has said 22.5% votes have been polled till 12 noon.