The Assembly constituency had polled 8.5% votes by 9 am, 29.73% by 11 and 46.96% by 1 pm, the CEO had earlier informed.
The CEO said voting was going on smoothly. “Voting started at 7 am and will continue till 4 pm. Voters are requested to come to booths and cast their votes before 4 pm,” said the CEO.
He said help desks being operated by BLOs are providing required help and information to voters. Volunteers have been engaged to take handicapped and elderly voters to booths. As many as 77 booths are operating in Maoist-hit areas. Nine companies of Central forces apart from Odisha police have been deployed to ensure a smooth voting in the Assembly constituency, said Lohani.