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Chhattisgarh Elections 2018: First phase – 70% Voter Turnout Despite Maoist Violence

Posted by Admin on November 13, 2018 | Comment

Chhattisgarh Elections 2018

Chhattisgarh Elections 2018 Polling Overview – Once again voters have shown their confidence in the electoral process in Chhattisgarh state elections. One should understand the significance of 70% turnout in a Maoist affected area. It clearly means that despite the threat from Maoists, voters are making a statement. The turnout was just a slightly lower than the first phase in 2013 when 75.53 per cent of voters turned out.

Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat said the attempt was made to instil a sense of fear among people. “Polling was peaceful. In comparison to earlier elections, this election has been the singular achievement of the people working in the fields. Attempts were made to create fear among people but enthusiasm in voters was appreciable,” ANI quoted Rawat as sayingThe Maoist hotbed of Bastar, which saw just 40 per cent voter turnout in 2013, had 58 per cent of the electorate coming out to vote. Dantewada recorded 58 per cent turnout, while other regions in the Naxal belt like Kondagaon, Keshkal, Kanker, Khairagarh and Dongargarh saw 61.47, 63.51, 62, 60.5, 64 per cent voter participation respectively.

Constituency Name Voter turnout Percentage
Khujji 66
Bastar 58
Dantewada 58
Kondagaon 61.47
Keshkal 63.51
Kanker 62
Kairagarh 60.5
Dongargarh 64


To make these elections smooth and peaceful, around 1 lakh security personnel have been deployed for smooth conduct of the polling. According to Chhattisgarh’s Special Director General (Anti-Maoist Operations) DM Awasthi, security personnel, including central paramilitary force, have been deployed to ensure peaceful polling. The Centre has deployed a total of 650 companies, including those from paramilitary units like CRPF, BSF, ITBP and around 65,000 personnel from police forces of other states. These units are apart from existing paramilitary personnel and 200 companies of state forces engaged in anti-Maoist operations.

The second phase of polling in 72 seats will be held on November 20 and the results will be announced on December 11