RAIPUR, Nov. 6, 2023 (TBINN)

Voting for the first phase of Assembly polls for 20 seats, several of them in Naxal-affected Bastar Division, in Chhattisgarh will take place tomorrow, on Tuesday, with poll officials stating that 25,249 personnel have been deployed for the purpose.

Voting will be held between 7 A.M. and 3 P.M. in 10 seats, namely Mohla-Manpur, Antagarh, Bhanupratappur, Kanker, Keshkal, Kondagaon, Narayanpur, Dantewada, Bijapur and Konta, officials added.

Votes will be cast between 8 A.M. and 5 A.M. in Khairagarh, Dongargarh, Rajnandgaon, Dongargaon, Khujji, Pandariya and Kawardha Bastar, Jagdalpur and Chitrakot, officials informed.

In the first phase, fate of 223 candidates, including 25 women, will be decided by an estimated 40,78,681 voters, comprising 19,93,937 male, 20,84,675 female and 69 third-gender persons. As many as 5304 polling booths have been set up for the first phase.

According to the office of state’s Chief Electoral Officer (C.E.O.), 25,429 polling personnel have been deployed for the first phase of polls. A total of 156 poll parties have been sent to Sukma, Bijapur, Dantewada, Kanker and Narayanpur districts on board helicopters, while 5,148 polling teams have been sent to respective booths by buses. Of the 5,304 booths, web casting facility will be available in 2431, C.E.O.’s office said.

A senior police official said 60,000 security personnel, including 40,000 from Central Armed Police Forces (C.A.P.F.s), have been deployed for smooth conduct of polls in 12 constituencies of Naxal-hit Bastar Division.

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