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Record turnout of 75% in second phase of polling in Chhattisgarh

According to the Election Commission: ‘In the phase II of polling 75 per cent turnout was registered, which is the highest ever in the state.’ The polling on Tuesday took place in the 72 constituencies of north and central Chhattisgarh. During the first phase, 18 seats of Maoist-infested Bastar region went to polls, which also remained relatively violence-free.

According to agency reports from Raipur, around 80,000 officials were involved for conducting the poll on Tuesday. Some of the areas which went to polls border with the neighbouring states, where Maoist movement is frequent. The police heaved a sigh of relief, as Maoists failed to create any trouble in Mahasamund, Gariyaband and Dhamtari of Raipur division bordering Odisha and Jashpur, Raigarh and Ambikapur in north Chhattisgarh during the polling process.

Brisk balloting was reported from semi urban and rural areas. In the 2008 polls, nearly 71 per cent voters had cast their votes in these 72 constituencies. On Tuesday, however, voters of two villages in Sarangarh constituency of Raigarh district have boycotted the polls protesting against lack of development in their areas. Completing the process of second and final phase of polling, voters in 72 assembly segments on Tuesday decided the fate of 843 candidates, including 75 women, in a close contest.

Barring stray incidents of clashes at some places, polling remained peaceful.
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