Assembly Elections 2023 LIVE: Voting On In Mizoram, Chhattisgarh; Jawan on Pull Duty Injured in Naxal Attack in Sukma

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

As per poll officials, the highest number of contestants are in Rajnandgaon constituency (29) while the lowest number of candidates are seven each in Chitrakot and Dantewada seats.

Polling in Mohla-Manpur, Antagarh, Bhanupratappur, Kanker, Keshkal, Kondagaon, Narayanpur, Dantewada, Bijapur and Konta (all reserved for Scheduled Tribe category) constituencies will take place from 7am to 3pm, officials said. Polling will take place between 8am and 5pm in the remaining 10 seats, namely Khairgarh, Dongargarh (Scheduled Caste), Rajnandgaon, Dongargaon, Khujji, Pandariya, Kawardha, Bastar (ST), Jagdalpur and Chitrakot (ST), said a statement issued by the office of Chief Electoral Officer.

The first phase of campaigning saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacking Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel over the alleged Mahadev betting app scam, while other leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party spoke on religious conversion, deteriorating law and order and corruption.

Meanwhile, a total of 7,671 people have voted in the Mizoram assembly elections through home voting and postal ballot facilities, an election official said on Thursday. Out of these, 1,998 votes have been cast through home voting and 5,673 votes were polled through postal ballots, Additional Chief Electoral Officer H Lianzela said in a statement.

Polling for the 40-member assembly will be held on November 7, and the votes will be counted on December 3. Home voting facility is offered to people of 80 years and above along with persons with disability (PwD), while the postal ballots are for the polling personnel, other officials and people working in essential services.

Of the 11 districts, the highest home and postal voting have been recorded in Aizawl at 1,654. It is followed by 1,114 votes in Lunglei and 1,064 votes in Lawngtlai, the statement said. “Data received from different districts could not be compiled properly due to the difference in the schedule of conducting home voting and postal ballot through facilitation centre in various districts,” Lianzela said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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