Bhubaneswar, July 20 (LocalWire) An estimated 26% of the 2.44 lakh voters have exercised their franchise till 11 am in the by-poll in for Patkura assembly constituency that began Saturday.
The voting has been brisk despite the periodic drizzle and overcast weather condition.
Long queues of voters were seen in each of the 309 polling booths in the constituency. The polling has been entirely peaceful so far, district collector Samarth Verma told LocalWire.
The malfunctioning of voting machines was reported at seven polling stations. However the polling commenced in these stations after they were replaced with newer ones, he said.
Free autorickshaw rides have been provided to persons with disabilities, pregnant women and the elderly from their homes to polling booths as per the guidelines of the Election Commission.
A total of 2,44,747 voters, including 1,17,306 women are eligible to exercise their franchise. The Patkura seat comprises 26-gram panchayats (GPs) from Derabish block, 18 GPs from Garadpur block besides seven GPs from Marshaghai block.
Elaborate security arrangements have been put in place to ensure fair and peaceful polling. The State police including Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) are on the vigil to avert breach of peace, he said.
Polling in Patkura being held today was earlier scheduled on April 29, but it could not be held because of the death of BJD candidate Bed Prakash Agarwal on April 20.
The ECI had fixed May 19 as the new date for the polls. However, it was further postponed following cyclone Fani.