Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Apr 11:
Nabarangpur was the unlikely topper in polling during the first phase of polls in Odisha on Thursday with a voter turn-out of 81.89%, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Dr Mona Sharma revealed here today.
Equally surprisingly, Ganjam Chief Minister Naveeen Patnaik’s ‘home’ district, emerged right at the bottom with a voting percentage of just 64.5%, well below the 69% in the Maoist hotbed of Malkangiri, which was widely tipped to be the front runner for the dubious distinction.
In what certainly constitutes a resounding rebuff to the Maoists, who had given a call for the boycott of the polls, almost all districts with a significant presence of the Red rebels reported huge voter turn-outs. Rayagada recorded a high of 77.40%, followed by Koraput with 76.20%, Nuapada 74.89%, Kandhamal 73.15% and Gajapati and Bargarh with 72%.
The poll percentage in the other districts where elections were held yesterday were Jharsuguda 80.02% Sundargarh-70.50% Sambalpur-74.06% Deogarh-78.08% Angul-76.44% Subarnpur-78.65%, Kalahandi-74%, Boudh-81%and Nayagarh-68.45%.