The second phase of the Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh recorded a 71.93%till 6 p.m. on Tuesday. Polling remained incident-free as tight security arrangements were made, the Election Commission said.
Mr. Sinha said many elderly voters, even those aged over 100, exercised their franchise. The commission said that with the interim polling percentage, the average turnout in the two phases came to 74.17%. During the first phase on November 12 in 18 seats in the Naxal-affected areas, a 76.42% turnout was recorded.
The replacement of electronic voting machines (EVMs) and voter-verifiable paper audit trail (VVPATs) was “one of the lowest” in any recent election. The EC credited it to training sessions held by it in the state.
“Till 6 pm, the report which we have received shows that the turnout so far is that 71.93%. In the first phase, the turnout was 76.42% against the turnout of 75.06% in 2013. For phase two, it was 77.13% in 2013,” deputy election commissioner Umesh Sinha told reporters in New Delhi.
A total of 72 assembly constituencies went to poll across 19 districts of the state including Raipur, Bilaspur, Durg, Surajpur, and Korba. In the first phase too, which took place on 12 November, electors had defied a Maoist call for a boycott of polls and recorded a high turnout compared to 2013.