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2nd phase polling begins in 5 LS, 35 Assembly seats

Bhubaneswar: The second phase polling has started in five Lok Sabha constituencies and 35 Assembly segments under them in Odisha. While voters have turned to all 9,117 polling stations, voting has, however, delayed at over a dozen of booths due to technical glitches marked in the EVMs.

According to information, over 76.93 lakh voters will decide the fates of 35 Lok Sabha and 244 Assembly candidates in this phase.

Among bigwigs, BJD supremo and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly Narasingha Mishra and BJP Legislature Party Leader KV Singh Deo are in the fray.

Senior MP aspirants like BJP candidate and Union Minister Jual Oram and Congress nominee and MLA George Tirkey from Sundargarh LS seat, BJD candidate and Rajya Sabha member Prasanna Achrya from Bargarh LS seat, BJD candidate and sitting MP Kalikesh Singh Deo and former MP Singita Singh Deo from Balangir LS and BJD candidate and Rajya Sabha member Achyuta Samanta and BJP candidate and former MP Kharabela Swain will face voting in the phase.

Further, as many as five women candidates in five Lok Sabha constituencies and 25 women in 35 Assembly seats are contesting polls in this phase.

A total of 76, 93, 123 voters, including, 6, 22,744 first-time voters, have been enrolled to cast votes through 9,117 polling stations. There are 3,701 critical booths and 35 booths would be fully managed by women polling staffs.

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