Reported by Simanchal Pattnaik
Phulbani, Apr 10:
Polling for the Lok Sabha and Assembly elections began in Odisha’s Maoist affected Kandhamal district this morning amid tight security.
According to reports, the voters were found moving inside the booths in a queue in the early hours of polling which began at 7 AM.
There was more enthusiasm among the youths who are exercising their franchise for the first time.
Till reports last came in, there was no untoward incident during the polling exercise.
In view of the Maoists call to boycott the elections, adequate number of forces has been deployed at the sensitive booths in the district.
Talking to OST, Kandhamal collector N Tirumala Nayak said the district administration has taken several measures to ensure free and fair polls in the district.
Of the 637 booths in the district, 177 are located in the Maoist affected areas while 136 have been identified as communal sensitive.
A total of 4,75,357 voters would exercise their franchise in today’s polls