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No Maoist violence; 62% polling in State

No Maoist violence; 62% polling in State

Author: PNS
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: April 24, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/171727/No-Maoist-violence;-62-polling-in-State.html

There was a huge turnout of voters in the second phase of poll on Thursday. An estimated 62 per cent voting was recorded in the 11 Lok Sabha and 77 Assembly constituencies. However, it would go further and even touch nearly 68 per cent once all the information was compiled by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO). "The polling per cent would go further," said Chief Electoral Officer Alaka Panda. With this, the election in Orissa is over and the counting will be held on May 16.

Though Maoists threatened to disrupt the election in the Maoist-hit districts, no reports of violence were reported in these areas. Massive police arrangements were made in the Maoist-hit district of Jajpur, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar and Dhenkanal. The election in the Similipal reserve also passed off peacefully. The Border Security Force (BSFs) was deployed in these Maoist-hit districts.

But cases of violence were reported in other parts of the State. BJD MLA Sarada Prasad Nayak was arrested while trying to create disturbances in one booth of the Patkaura Assembly constituency. "As per the guidelines of the Election Commission, no political person was allowed to enter to the booth of other constituency," said Alaka Panda, adding that he was arrested under Section 151 of CrPC. "But as no one filed an FIR, the police released him on bail," she said. Sources said Nayak was going with his supporter to create disturbances in the areas.

Panda further informed that cases of violence were reported from Jagatsingpur. Congress supporters damaged the windshield of Jagatsingpur BJD MLA candidate Bishnu Charan Das's vehicel. There was a clash between BJD and Congress supporters in Paradip from where BJD's secretary-general Damodar Rout is contesting. Clashes between Congress and BJD supporters were also reported from Chandabali Assembly segment. Supporters of two independent candidates also engaged in a clash in Athagarh. In Banki, people damaged a police jeep. There were also reports of clashes between Congress and BJD workers in Anandpur, Brahamgiri and Pipli. Report of violence involving scuffle between security personnel and voters were reported from Bhograi as voters in large number arrived at booth Nimazpur High School during the last hour. Unconfirmed reports said the police opened three rounds of fire to disperse the mob. In the melee three persons were reportedly injured. However, Superintendent of Police Rekha Lohani denied the charges. Snatching of reports were also reported from Niali. However, no casualties were reported from any part of the State.

Addressing a Press conference here, Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Panda said besides these stray incidents of violence, election passed off peacefully in the second phase. While 66 per cent polling was reported in Nayagarh district, 65% in Dhenkanal, 60% in Mayurbhanj, 60% in Puri, 61% in Balasore, 58% in Cuttack, 62% in Jajpur and Jagatsinghpur, 58 % in Khurda, 63 % in Bhadrak, 61 % in Angul, 62 % in Jajpur, 62 % in Kendrapara and 61 % in Keonjhar.

She further said that out of 34,458 EVMs, only 21 were replaced. "99 observers and 867 micro observers were used for election purposes," Panda said, adding that 35 companies were deployed for this purpose.


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