Polling to end early in Orissa’s troubled areas

March 23rd, 2009 - 11:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, March 23 (IANS) The Election Commission Monday announced that voting would end an hour earlier in some areas of Orissa in the first phase April 16.
The constituencies where polling would end an hour early - at 3 p.m. - come under Nabrangpur, Berhampur, Koraput and Kandhamal Lok Sabha areas, the office of the chief electoral officer Orissa said in a statement.

Although no reason was given, the areas where polling ends early are considered troubled areas and known for Maoist activities.

Orissa will go to polls in two phases - April 16 and April 23 - to elect 147 members to the state assembly and 21 members to Lok Sabha. During the first phase, polling will be held in 10 Lok Sabha and 70 assembly segments.

The change of timing will be effective in 19 assembly constituencies, the statement said. Voting in other places would however take place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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