Zero Voting at 15 Booths in Odisha's Malkangiri in Phase 1 of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Due to Fear of Naxals
Empty Polling Booth and Naxal Effect | Representative Image (Photo Credit: PTI/IANS)

Bhubaneswar, April 11: With the 57 polling percentage recorded till 3:30 pm in phase 1 of Odisha Lok Sabha and Assembly elections, shocking revelations are coming from state's Malkangiri, where 'Zero polling was reported in 15 booths in Chitrakonda block' due to fear of Naxals. Even no voting in six booths of Odisha's Chitrakonda was registered due to the threat by Maoists.

As per to the initial reports, though adequate security arrangements were made for the peaceful elections in the sensitive region, things have not worked out as per plan. After no voting recorded in the 15 booths, poll parties have returned to the base camp. Odisha Lok Sabha Elections 2019 and Assembly Polls: 57 Percent Voter Turnout Till 3:30 PM in First Phase Polls. 

Reports further state that in booth no - 6 and 8 in Temurupali under Mathili block of Malkangiri, not even a single vote was registered and after the poll timing ended at 4 pm, polling parties returned to their safe base camps.

The four LS constituencies voting today are Kalahandi, Nabarangpur, Berhampur and Koraput. It is interesting to note that along with these four Lok Sabha constituencies, the citizens of Odisha will also decide the who their MLA from 28 assembly seats will be. This is due to the fact that the 2019 Assembly Elections will run concurrently with the Lok Sabha Elections in the state.