Polling gets started in Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram after closely-fought campaigns. In Madhya Pradesh, the Congress is seeking to win against the BJP which has been in power in for the last 15 years, while in Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla is seeking a third consecutive term as the BJP looks to uproot the Congress in its last bastion in the Northeast.
By 11.00 a.m., the polling percentage stands at 29%. Long queues of enthusiastic voters were seen outside many polling stations early in the day.
As of 9.00 a.m., voting percentage in 40 Assembly seats in Mizoram stood at 15%, says Chief Election Officer Ashish Kundra. The local social organisations are providing water and benches to sit on for the voters waiting in line.
Several faulty EVMs and VVPAT machines have been replaced within the first hour in Madhya Pradesh.
In Ujjain, two faulty electronic voting machines (EVMs) and 11 Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines were replaced by the Election Commission officials.
In Bhuranpur constituency, five VVPATs and two faulty EVMs were replaced by 9 a.m.
Former Chief Minister and opposition Mizo National Front (MNF) chief Zoramthanga was among the first ones to exercise franchise at 7 am. Zoramthanga cast his vote at Ramhlun polling booth in Aizawl North-II constituency.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan voted with his family in Jait village under Bhudni constituency. He is contesting against Congress’ Arun Yadav.
State Congress chief Kamal Nath also casted his vote, after a temple visit along with his family, at a polling booth in Chhindwara.
The counting is scheduled for December 11.