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Odisha Assembly Election 2019 Voting Updates: State registers 32.82% voter turnout till 2 pm; Bhubaneswar polls 27.17%

Odisha Assembly Election 2019 Voting LIVE Updates: Till 2 pm, Odisha recorded a voter turnout of 32.82 percent. Dhenkanal constituency recorded the highest at 37.67 percent, and Bhubaneswar continues to lag at 27.17 percent.

FP Staff April 23, 2019 14:36:43 IST
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Odisha Assembly Election 2019 Voting Updates: State registers 32.82% voter turnout till 2 pm; Bhubaneswar polls 27.17%
  • The voter turnout till 10 am was 7.15 percent in Odisha.

  • There have been scores of reports of EVM glitches across the state, which has delayed voting.

  • Security arrangements were tightened ahead of the election in Odisha in the wake of political violence in the districts voting in Phase 3.

Highlights

11:43 (ist)

Odisha Congress chief claims party poll agents being beaten, abducted

"The situation in Ghasipura is serious," said Niranjan Patnaik, who is contesting from the Assembly constituency. "Agents are being beaten up and abducted. Many booths lack police deployment and some polling stations have no CCTV surveillance."

09:29 (ist)

EVM malfunctioning mars voting across Odisha

A little over two hours into voting in Phase 3, there have been scores of reports of EVM glitches across the state, which has delayed voting. Voters have been complaining about untraining election officials and their long wait.

08:40 (ist)

EVM glitches delay voting across Odisha

Voting is delayed at booth no 112 in Bhubaneswar-Ekamra constituency, booth no 32 and 70 in Bhubaneswar-Central, booth no 96 and 109 in Banki and booth no 128 and 130 in Ranpur in Nayagarh.

08:17 (ist)

More reports of EVM malfunction coming in

As in Phase 2, EVM glitches are likely to mar voting even in Phase 3, as several reports of voting machines malfunctioning are coming in, delaying polling. EVM gliches were reported at booth no 37 at Karanjia, booth no 212, 213 and 45 in Keonjhar, booth no 34 and 36 at Begunia, booth no 173, 179, 180, 181, 182 and 183 at Jatni, booth no 281 at Anandapur, booth no 90 at Sarala, booth no 221, 243 and 255 of Keonjhar municipality, booth no 232 at Hindol and the municipality's booth no 193 and 194.

08:01 (ist)

More EVM glitches reported

EVM malfunction has delayed voting at booth no 5 at Balipatpur in Puri, booth no 179 at Rajabagicha, booth no 169 at Badambadi New Colony in Cuttack and booth no 122 at Katarapali in Sambalpur.

07:46 (ist)

EVM glitches reported in Bhubaneswar

Not an hour into voting, but reports of EVM glitches are already coming in. Polling has been delayed in booth no-243 of Bhubaneswar North constituency due to EVM malfunctioning. 

07:24 (ist)

Polling amid tight security in Odisha

Odisha Chief Electoral Officer Surendra Kumar said 3,186 booths in Odisha had been marked ‘critical’. As many as 600 CAPF personnel have been deployed to ensure security during the polls. Phase 3 has 68,422 polling officers and 395 zonal magistrates handling the elections.

06:55 (ist)

BJD MLA arrested for attacking EC officials

Pradeep Maharathy, the BJD candidate for the Pipili Assembly constituency, was arrested for allegedly attacking a flying squad of the Election Commission that was conducting a raid on his farmhouse in Odisha’s Puri district on Sunday. He was sent to Jharapada jail on Monday.

06:50 (ist)

Assembly election to Patkura seat postponed

The election to the Patkura Assembly constituency was postponed on Sunday in the wake of the death of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) candidate Bed Prakash Agarwalla.

The BJD leader from Patkura constituency passed away while undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Bhubaneswar on Saturday. The veteran leader, 83, had represented Patkura constituency twice — 2009 and 2014. He was also a four-time MLA from Kendrapara Assembly seat.

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Apr 23, 2019 - 14:28 (IST)

Voter turnout sinks in Bhubaneswar post noon

The surging temperature at Odisha’s capital seems to have affected the voter turnout across many booths in Bhubaneswar. While the city is seeing simultaneous Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, only a few people have been venturing out to vote post noon. The lack of amenities at polling booths to beat the heat is also proving to be a hurdle.

Input by Sonali Singh/101Reporters

Apr 23, 2019 - 14:26 (IST)

Odisha voting percentage latest updates (2 pm)

Overall: 32.82%

Sambalpur 32.88%
Keonjhar 35.15%
Dhenkanal 37.67%
Cuttack 34.33%
Puri 30.49%
Bhubaneswar 27.17%

Apr 23, 2019 - 13:52 (IST)

Odisha Chief Electoral Officer votes in Bhubaneswar

Surendra Kumar, the Chief Electoral Officer of Odisha who is overseeing the entire election in the state, cast his vote at a booth in Bhubaneswar. Polling is underway for six Lok Sabha and 42 Assembly seats in Odisha.

Input by Bibhuti Mohapatra/101Reporters

Apr 23, 2019 - 13:25 (IST)

No change in Odisha voter turnout from 1 pm, stands at 18.58%

Sambalpur 21.21%
Keonjhar 27.48%
Dhenkanal 22.53%
Cuttack 18.48%
Puri 17.58%
Bhubaneswar 8.68%

Apr 23, 2019 - 13:22 (IST)

BJD MLA gets show cause notice from EC

The District Election Officer has issued a show cause notice to BJD's Cuttack-Barabati candidate Debashish Samantaray in connection with his Facebook post "influencing voters" during the silence period on 22 April. The Election Commission has sought his reply on why his message should not be treated as a violation of the Model Code of Conduct, reported OTV.

Apr 23, 2019 - 12:28 (IST)

Odisha records 18.58% voter turnout till 12 pm

Sambalpur 21.21%
Keonjhar 24.36%
Dhenkanal 22.53%
Cuttack 18.48%
Puri 17.58%
Bhubaneswar 8.68%

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:54 (IST)

EVM malfunctioning delays polling across Odisha

Just like in Phase 2, polling in various places was delayed in Odisha due to problems with voting machines. Voters were seen impatiently waiting at booth no 232 at Hindol and booths 193 and 194 in Dhenkanal municipality. EVM glitches were also reported from booth no 37 at Karanjia, booth no 212, 213 and 45 in Keonjhar, booth no 34 and 36 at Begunia.

Cases of EVM malfunction were also reported from Puri. Polling was delayed due to technical problems in voting machines at Balipatapur (booth no 5), Krushna Prasad (booth no 4), Tirana (booth no 34), Brahmagiri (booth no 165), Gadadhar High School (booth no 146), Pipili (booth no 258 and 234), Ranapur (booth no and 128 and 130), Sunakhala (booth no 128), Puri Sadar (booth no 110 and 148), Chilika (booth no 209). 

EVM glitches also stalled voting at Cuttack's Raja Bagicha, Badambadi New Colony, Banki, Talabasta, Laxminarayanpur, Radhagobindapur and Taradihi. The situation is similar in capital Bhubaneswar with gone out-of-order EVMs in Ekamra (booth no 112), Bhubaneswar-Central (booth no 32), Unit IV (booth no 57) and Madhusudan Nagar (booth no 70).

Voters in Sambalpur, Kuchinda, Karanjia, Keonjhar Sadar, Keonjhar Municipality and Champua areas are also facing the same problem. 

Input by Bibhuti Mohapatra/101Reporters

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:43 (IST)

Odisha Congress chief claims party poll agents being beaten, abducted

"The situation in Ghasipura is serious," said Niranjan Patnaik, who is contesting from the Assembly constituency. "Agents are being beaten up and abducted. Many booths lack police deployment and some polling stations have no CCTV surveillance."

Apr 23, 2019 - 11:16 (IST)
Odisha records 7.15% voter turnout till 11 am
 
Sambalpur 10.05%
Keonjhar 8.12%
Dhenkanal 7.25%
Cuttack 7.16%
Puri 7.25%
Bhubaneswar 3.56%

Apr 23, 2019 - 10:57 (IST)

Security increased in Pipili after BJD candidate is sent to jail

Six-time Odisha MLA and a BJD nominee from Pipili Assembly constituency Pradeep Maharathy was sent to Jharpada Special Jail in Bhubaneswar on Monday on charges of leading an attack on a flying squad of the Election Commission of India while the team was conducting a raid at his farmhouse late on Sunday. He was put behind bars after the local sub-divisional judicial magistrate turned down his bail petition. Additional security personnel have been deployed in Pipili to ensure law and order.

Maharathy held various portfolios, including those of agriculture, panchayati raj, fisheries and animal resources development in Naveen Patnaik’s cabinet.

Input by Bibhuti Mohapatra/101Reporters

Odisha Assembly Election 2019 Voting LATEST Updates: Till 2 pm, Odisha recorded a voter turnout of 32.82 percent. Dhenkanal constituency recorded the highest at 37.67 percent, and Bhubaneswar polled 27.17 percent.

The District Election Officer has issued a show cause notice to BJD's Cuttack-Barabati candidate Debashish Samantaray in connection with his Facebook post "influencing voters" during the silence period on 22 April. Meanwhile, the voter turnout at 1 pm in Odisha remained unchanged from 18.58 percent at noon.

Odisha recorded 18.58 percent voter turnout till 12 pm amid EVM glitches. Bhubaneswar continues to see a low turnout of 8.68 percent.

Just like in Phase 2, polling in various places was delayed in Odisha due to problems with voting machines. There have been reports of EVM malfunction across the state, including in Keonjhar, Puri, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Champua.

Odisha Congress chief Niranjan Patnaik has alleged that party poll agents were being beaten up and abducted from Ghasipura, the constituency from where he is contesting the Assembly polls. "Agents are being beaten up and abducted. Many booths lack police deployment and some polling stations have no CCTV surveillance," he said.

Till 11 am, Odisha recorded a voter turnout of 7.15 percent. State capital Bhubaneswar saw the lowest polling at 3.56 percent, while it was the highest in Keonjhar at 8.12 percent.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a public meeting at Barua Ground in Kendrapara, followed by another meeting in Balasore, regions that vote in Phase 4 of the polls.

Odisha Congress chief Niranjan Patnaik voted in Keonjhar, while Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik cast his vote in Bhubaneswar.  The voter turnout till 10 am stands at 7.15 percent.

A little over two hours into voting in Phase 3, there have been scores of reports of EVM glitches across the state, which has delayed voting. Voters have been complaining about untrained election officials and their long wait in queues.

Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan cast his vote in Odisha's Talcher, once again urging voters "to step out of their homes and cast their precious vote". Former IAS officer and BJP Lok Sabha candidate from Bhubaneswar Aparajita Sarangi voted in the Odisha capital.

Security arrangements were tightened ahead of the election in Odisha in the wake of recent incidents of political violence in the districts voting in Phase 3. This included the murder of a BJP worker in Khurda, an attack on a Congress leader in Ghasipura as well as bombings on the vehicles of BJP and BJD candidates in Bhubaneswar.

Most seats in Odisha will vote from 7 am to 6 pm, but polling will end early at a few sensitive booths.

Voting has begun for the 42 Assembly segments that fall under six Lok Sabha seats in Odisha. Chief Electoral Officer Surendra Kumar said 3,186 booths in Odisha had been marked ‘critical’. As many as 600 CAPF personnel have been deployed to ensure security during the polls. Phase 3 has 68,422 polling officers and 395 zonal magistrates handling the elections.

Polling in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Puri, Sambalpur, Keonjhar and Dhenkanal Lok Sabha seats and 42 Assembly segments coming under these constituencies in Odisha will be held on Tuesday under tight security.

Spearheading the campaign for the BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah crisscrossed the poll-bound segments addressing a host of rallies. BJP leaders including Union Ministers Uma Bharti, Nitin Gadkari, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Piyush Goyal also hit the campaign trail in these seats.

Apart from addressing rallies in Sambalpur and Bhubaneswar on 16 April, Modi had also led a massive roadshow in the state capital the same day to bolster the prospects of the BJP at the hustings.

Similar roadshows had been held by Amit Shah in the seaside pilgrim town of Puri and the millennium city of Cuttack as part of BJP's electioneering.

Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who hails from Odisha, is virtually camping in the state as the BJP is making all out efforts to put up a formidable challenge to the BJD, which has been in power since 2000.

Star campaigners of the Congress were absent in this phase and electioneering was steered by leaders like Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) president Niranjan Patnaik.

For the ruling BJD, party president and state Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, seeking a fifth term this time, was at the centre stage undertaking extensive tours of the poll-bound areas and holding roadshows.

While the Congress and the BJP accused the BJD of having failed to ensure development in the state despite being in power for 19 years, the ruling party charged the two parties with adopting step-motherly approach towards Odisha and ignoring its genuine demands.

With inputs from PTI

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