Voting started in 5 constituencies of Rajnandgaon & 3 constituencies of Bastar at 8 am in the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections2018. In Dantewada 1-2 kilograms of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasted by naxals near Tumakpal camp in Katekalyan block. Voting is underway for 10 out of 18 seats in the first phase .
Voting has stopped due to technical problem in the EVM at the Pink polling booth in Kamla College, in Rajnandgaon's Sangwari.
Nearly 900 polling personnel have been air-dropped from helicopters so that they can reach safely. Over 16,500 polling personnel went by-road. “I think all will be in a position to deliver peaceful elections”, Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat on Chhattisgarh Elections 2018.
Polling is being held in 18 constituencies of Chhattisgarh today, they are Left Wing Extremism affected area. Polls are being held in 2 phases to provide special security in these 18 constituencies. These 18 areas are kept in 1st phase so that paramilitary forces remain fresh, OP Rawat added.
ED was triggered by Naxals on Tumakpal-Nayanar road at around 5:30 am to target security forces. No harm to security forces & polling party. Party safely reached to Nayanar polling booth No. 183 under PS Katekalyan, Devnath, AIG (Anti-Naxal Ops).
Here are visuals wherein Sukma, A 100-year-old woman reached a polling station in Dornapal to cast her vote in the first phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018.