Bhubaneswar/Bijepur: Around 72 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 5 pm in the by-election to Bijepur Assembly seat in Bargarh district.
Voting, which began at 7 am was conducted in 285 polling stations with no untoward incident reported from anywhere the constituency.
The by-election was necessitated after Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik, who had won from two segments in the Assembly polls held in April this year, resigned from Bijepur and retained his home turf Hinjili in Ganjam district from where he has been winning since 2000.
In less than two years since 2018 Bijepur has witnessed three elections.
Though there are five candidates in the fray, including Rita Sahu of ruling BJD and and Sanat Gartia of BJP and Dilip Panda of Congress.
As many as 77 micro-observers were engaged to monitor the polling process and videography was done in 16 polling stations.
The counting of votes is scheduled to be held on October 24.