Raipur: The second and final phase of Chhattisgarh Assembly polls for 72 seats is currently underway across 19 districts of central and north Chhattisgarh on Tuesday. The voting began at 8 am and will continue till 5 pm.
A total of 1,079 candidates are in the fray of the second phase of the polls. A total of 1,53,85,983 persons, including 77,46,628 men, 76,38,415 women and 940 of the third gender, are eligible to vote in this election.
Over one lakh security personnel have been deployed to ensure peaceful polling, a police official said. Helicopters and drones have been put in place for monitor the situation at over 19,000 polling booths.
The Congress, which is seeking to regain power in the state after 15 years, has key candidates like state chief Bhupesh Baghel (Patan), former Union minister Charandas Mahant (Shakti) and Leader of Opposition TS Singhdeo (Ambikapur).
The first phase of the polls was held on November 12 which witnessed over 76 per cent voter turnout. The counting of votes will be held on December 11.
With inputs from ZEENEWS