Bhubaneswar:23/4/19: The third phase polls in Odisha covering six Lok Sabha (LS) and 42 Assembly Constituencies (AC) passed of peacefully today, though some stray incidents of attacks were reported from some places in Puri LS where an EVM was smashed.
The tentative polling figures released by CEO Surendra Kumar reveals that around 61 per cent votes were polled across the six LS and 42 ACs till 5 PM today. The final figures in the phase-3 polls are expected to touch around 68-69 per cent. The final figures it seem will be much lower than the 72.7 per cent poll turnout in 2014.
In 2014, the highest poll turnout was witnessed in Keonjhar LS with over 80.4 per cent. Till 3 PM, the constituency has witnessed over 50 percent polling.
Voters faced EVM blues again in this phase of polling. The CEO, Odisha has recommended repoll in a booth each in Baramba AC under Cuttack LS and Deogarh AC under Sambalpur LS. The reason has been mispairing of EVMs – means EVM for LS linked to AC and vice versa.