66% voter turnout till 5.30 pm in 4th phase poll in Odisha: CEO

29/04/2019 at 6:43 PM

 Bhubaneswar: Around 66% voter turnout was reported till 5.30 pm in the fourth phase of the simultaneous polls in Odisha, Surendra Kumar, chief electoral officer of Odisha informed at a press conference.

The figure may go up as the voting is still underway and will continue till 6 pm, he added.

While some booths started voting between 30 to 40 minutes late due to EVM problems, the fourth phase of election went off peacefully in the state.

Mayurbhanj parliamentary constituency registered 66% while Jajpur witnessed 65%, Kendrapara 65% and Jagatsinghpur 64%. The polling was underway till the last report came in.

17 % voter turnout recorded till 11 AM while the figure went up to 35% till 1 pm. Till 3 pm it was 53%, the CEO said.

Three polling officials were suspended for violating norms by entering voting compartments. Presiding officers of booth no 191 and 135 in Binjharpur and  polling officer of booth no 196 in Sukinda faced the action for violating EC guidelines, the CEO confirmed.

The poll was conducted for six Lok Sabha and 41 Assembly elections in the fourth phase today in Odisha.

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