Bargarh: Provisional/Tentative polling percentage 80.92 percent voter turn out recorded in Bijepur Bypoll. Final figure to be released after verification of all presiding officer diaries, informs Chief Electoral Officer. Presiding Officer of booth no -193 suspended for allegedly influencing voters to vote for particular candidate.
Elaborate arrangements have been made by the Election Commission for the Bijepur by-poll where voters exercise their franchise in 281 booths today. The voting start at 8 am and continue till 5 pm today and the results will be announced on February 28. Voting in booth no- 88, 102, 141 in Bijepur block and booth no 20 in Barpali block was interrupted after technical glitches developed in Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines, which are being used for the first time in the by-poll.
Along with 36 platoons of police force, five companies of central paramilitary forces have been deployed in the district to maintain law and order during the polling