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Battle For States: 74% Polling In MP, Chhattisgarh Sees 70.60% Turnout Till 5 pm

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New Delhi: The second leg of the high-intensity five-state assembly election is underway, with Madhya Pradesh casting votes for all 230 seats on Friday, Additionally, Chhattisgarh is conducting the final round of its two-phase elections in 70 assembly seats.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The voting for the Madhya Pradesh Election 2023 ended at 6 pm on Friday.
  • The voting for the second phase of the Chhattisgarh polls ended at 5 pm. The voting began at 8 am on Friday, except in nine booths, where polling began at 7 am.
  • Madhya Pradesh recorded a voter turnout of 74.31% while neighbouring Chhattisgarh saw 70.60% polling in the second phase.
  • In Madhya Pradesh, the voter turnout till 5pm was 71.16%.
  • Till 3pm, 55.31% voting held in phase two of the Chhattisgarh elections; 60.52% voter turnout recorded in Madhya Pradesh
  • Madhya Pradesh recorded a voter turnout of 45.40% while neighbouring Chhattisgarh saw 38.22% polling in the second phase till 1 pm on Friday, the Election Commission informed.
  • Madhya Pradesh recorded a voter turnout of 27.62% while neighbouring Chhattisgarh saw 19.65% polling in the second phase till 11 am
  • In MP, BJP is seeking to retain power in the state where it has ruled for almost 18 of the past 20 years and Congress is keen to oust the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government.
  • The webcasting facility has been made available at about 42,000 polling stations in MP. Nearly 700 companies of the central forces and two lakh police personnel of the state have been deployed for security during the poll.
  • The election will decide the electoral fate of over 2,500 candidates in Madhya Pradesh.
  • In MP, nearly 5.59 crore voters are eligible to exercise their franchise. It includes 2.87 crore male and 2.71 crore women voters.
  • There are over 5,000 booths run by women and 183 polling stations run by the disabled, officials said.

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