Bhopal/Indore/Guna (Madhya Pradesh), Nov 28 :
Madhya Pradesh recorded a 21% voter turnout till 11 am, during the one-phase Assembly elections in the state on Wednesday. Voting commenced in the state at 7 am for the 230 Assembly seats amidst tight security measures. Several EVM and VVPAT machines defaulted during the voting process and were duly replaced.
Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia even requested the Election Commission to postpone the concluding time due to the delay caused. Unfortunately, 3 Election Commission Officers passed away across the state whilst on duty.
The Election Commission announced Rs 10 lakh each as compensation for the kin of the officials. The voting has been undergoing smoothly, barring one incident, where a BJP polling agent was apprehended by the police for the possession of campaigning material within the limits of a polling booth in Bhopal.
Madhya Pradesh has witnessed a high decibel campaign for the poll, which has remained a direct battle of ballots between the ruling BJP and the Congress. The State Election Commission has made elaborate security arrangements to ensure that polling takes place in a free and fair manner. The result of the polls will be declared on December 11.