Raipur, Nov 7: The electoral fervor is running high as voting kicks off for the initial phase of the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections. The spotlight is on the 20 constituencies in Chhattisgarh that are heading to the polls, with many of them situated in Naxal-affected regions today.
To ensure a smooth and secure electoral process in the 12 constituencies located in the Naxal-hit Bastar division, a formidable contingent of 60,000 security personnel, including 40,000 from the Central Armed Police Forces, has been deployed.
The official commencement of polling for the state of Mizoram's assembly elections is underway. This pivotal election involves the casting of votes for all 40 assembly seats in a single phase, beginning at 7 am and concluding at 4 pm. With over 8.75 lakh eligible voters, including 4,30,026 women, this election will determine the fate of 174 candidates competing for these seats.
Of the 1,276 voting centers throughout the state, 149 have been designated as remote polling stations, ensuring that even the most geographically isolated areas have access to the voting process.
Worth mentioning, approximately 30 polling stations located along the inter-state and international borders are considered critical and vulnerable, necessitating enhanced security measures.
To guarantee a secure and peaceful electoral process, a deployment of at least 3,000 policemen and 5,400 personnel from the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) has been put into action.