Counting on November 22
BHOPAL : NeNearly 66.83 per cent voters exercised their franchise in Shahdol Lok Sabha bye-elections, the voting for which was held on Saturday, up from 62 per cent in general elections. In Nepanagar Vidhan Sabha constituency, 71.25 per cent polling was recorded, which is less than the 76.98 per cent votes polled in 2013 elections.
The final figures, however, are yet to be compiled. Counting of votes will be taken up on November 22 and the results will be announced the same day.
Joint Chief Electoral officer SS Bansal informed that in Shahdol, 68.09 per cent males and 64.84 per cent females cast their votes. In Nepanagar 72.59 per cent males and 69.84 per cent females exercised their franchise.
Voters of five villages boycotted the polling while Congress MLA of Bahoriband was detained by the police and 13 EVMs went out of order, which were replaced with new ones.
MLA Sourabh Singh informed Free Press that he is a voter in the constituency and he was having vehicle pass. “The BJP workers were trying to lure the voters by distributing the liquor and other things. When I opposed it, the SHO of Badwar detained me for more than an hour”.
Later the police released the MLA but he was followed by a police vehicle wherever he went. In Shahdol, Congress’ Himadri Singh is facing BJP’s Gyan Singh while in Nepanagar Congress’ Anter Singh Barde is taking on BJP’s Manju Rajendra Dadu.