Voting is currently underway in polling booths across 34 Assembly constituencies spread over five districts in the State. It will end at 6:30 pm today.
The Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) is being used along with Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) at every polling station, with a view to enhance the transparency and credibility of the election process and the availability of adequate number of EVMs and VVPATs has already been ensured for the smooth conduct of elections.
In view of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic, the option of Postal Ballot facility has been extended to the electors who are COVID- 19 positive or suspect as certified by competent authority and are in home or institutional quarantine along with those marked as Persons with Disabilities (PwD) and above the age of 80 years.
A total 268 candidates including 37 women are vying for the 34 out of previously scheduled 36 Assembly seats during this phase of elections.
Over 81.88 lakh voters including 39.87 lakh women and 221 third gender persons will decide the fate of these candidates.
The Election Commission has deployed 653 companies of central forces for this phase.