Bhopal: A turnout of approximately 70 per cent was recorded till 1700 hrs on Wednesday in Madhya Pradesh that witnessed single-phase voting across 230 assembly constituencies amid tight security.
The polling was by and large peaceful. The official timings were 0800-1700 hrs but queues were still observed at polling centres as those who lined up prior to expiration of the deadline are permitted to exercise their franchise. Three areas in Naxalism-affected Balaghat district witnessed voting between 0700-1500 hrs.
Three officials died on duty - one death each was reported from Dhar, Guna and Indore districts. Compensation of Rs 10 lakh each will be handed over to the next of kin.
"Balaghat's Paraswada, Lanji and Baihar recorded 68, 64 and 65 per cent turnout respectively," Chief Electoral Officer V L Kantha Rao told journalists.
Seventy electronic voting machines (EVMs) and Voter-Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) units were replaced following complaints and technical glitches. The highest number of 17 EVMs and VVPAT units were replaced in Guna district. Figures were 11 in Raghogarh constituency, four in Gwalior, a few in Bhopal district's Huzur and Narela. UNI