Bhubaneswar, April 11 (LocalWire): The first phase of Lok Sabha and assembly elections, covering four parliamentary and 28 assembly constituencies, began at 7 am in Odisha on Thursday.
A total of 7,233 polling booths have been set up for the first phase. Over 60 lakh eligible voters, including male, female and transgenders will cast their vote.
The Lok Sabha constituencies going to polls in first phase include Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Berhampur and Koraput.
The assembly segments included Nuapada, Khariar, Umerkote, Jharigam, Nabarangpur, Dabugam, Lanjigarh, Junagarh, Dharamgarh, Bhawanipatna, Narla, Chhatrapur, Gopalpur, Berhampur, Digapahandi, Chikiti, Mohana, Paralakhemundi, Gunupur, Bissam Cuttack, Rayagada, Laxmipur, Kotpad, Jeypore, Koraput, Pottangi, Malkangiri and Chitrakonda.
A total of 2,375 booths have been identified as ‘critical polling stations’, where security has been tightened. Over 700 personnel of the Central Armed Police Forces were deployed in these booths.
While 26 candidates are in the fray for the Lok Sabha seats, 191 candidates are contesting for 28 assembly seats in the first phase. A total of 18 women candidates are in the fray in 2 Lok Sabha and 16 assembly seats.
Security has been beefed up in Malkangiri and Koraput districts for Maoist activities. Police, paramilitary forces, poll observers and excise sleuths have been deployed for free and fair election.
The second phase of election will be held in Odisha on April 18.