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Chhattisgarh Election LIVE Updates: Polling Ends, 67.70% Voter Turnout Till 5 PM

Chhattisgarh election 2023 Voting LIVE Updates: Catch all live updates here.

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Chhattisgarh Elections Phase 2 Voting LIVE Updates: Voting for 70 Chhattisgarh Assembly seats concluded at 5:00 PM on Friday, 17 November, and a voter turnout of 67.70 percent was recorded till 5 pm.

Polling for 20 seats had been held during the first phase of the election on 7 November. The Chhattisgarh Assembly has a total of 90 seats.

The polls saw a keen contest between the incumbent Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Elections for all 230 seats in Madhya Pradesh were also held on Friday.

Snapshot
  • Polling went on till 5 pm, except in nine Naxal-affected polling booths in the Bindranawagarh constituency, where ballots were cast from 7 am to 3 pm.

  • 958 candidates, including 827 men, 130 women, and one transgender person, are in the fray.

  • The key candidates from the Congress in phase 2 of the Assembly elections include CM Bhupesh Baghel, Deputy CM TS Singh Deo, Assembly Speaker Charan Das Mahant, and eight state ministers, including Ravindra Choubey and Tamrdhwaj Sahu.

  • Key candidates from the BJP include Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Renuka Singh, MP Arun Sao, MP Gomti Sai, Leader of the Opposition (LoP) in the state Assembly Narayan Chandel, and several former ministers.

  • The first phase of the polls had seen a voter turnout of 78 percent.

  • Incumbent Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel casts his vote in Durg.

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8:36 PM , 17 Nov

Polling Ends

Voting for 70 Chhattisgarh Assembly seats concluded at 5:00 PM on Friday, 17 November, and a voter turnout of 67.70 percent was recorded till 5 pm.

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Published: 17 Nov 2023, 7:31 AM IST
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