Bhopal: A total of 59.04 per cent voting was recorded till 5 pm in Madhya Pradesh, where polling is underway for 10 Lok Sabha seats in the final phase amid reports of poll boycott from a village in Khargone district. “So far 59.04 per cent electorates including 67.60 per cent men and 49.89 per cent women have cast their votes,” Madhya Pradesh Chief Electoral Officer, Jaideep Govind told reporters here.
The polling figures in 10 seats across MP are as follows: Vidisha (59.35%), Dewas (60.62%), Ujjain (56.10%), Mandsaur (64.29%), Ratlam (62.14%), Dhar (59.40%), Indore (50.88%), Khargone (63.60%), Khandwa (64.59%) and Betul (50.78%), the CEO said adding the turnout will further go up as polling will continue till 6 PM.
Reports of poll boycott were received from Khargone's Satavada village (polling booth no.15), where miffed electorate did not turn up for voting alleging lack of basic facilities.
Also, only five votes were polled at polling booth No.142 in Ratlam's Jaora town on the same issue, the CEO said. Efforts are on to persuade people to exercise their right to franchise by concerned officials but they have been unrelenting so far, he said.
Earlier in the day, poll officials seized Rs 10.71 lakh in two separate cases in Ratlam constituency, he said. Besides, 945 litres of country-made liquor worth Rs 1.70 lakh in Indore, 148 litre liquor worth Rs 25,000 from Betul constituency and 21 litre from Dewas were seized by poll personnel.
A poll official identified as Chaganlal in Harda district which falls under Betul constituency passed away due to cardiac arrest while on duty, Govind said. The Election Commission has sanctioned an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh to his family out of which Rs two lakh will be paid immediately and the rest subsequently.