An average 31.03 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 1 pm on Monday in six Lok Sabha seats of Madhya Pradesh on Monday, an official said. Polling was underway in the seats since 7 am.

“An average 31.03 per cent voter turnout was recorded till 1 pm,” an election official said.

The voting figures till 1 pm are as follows: Sidhi- 22.84 per cent, Shahdol-34.24 per cent, Jabalpur-29.40 per cent, Mandla-34.10 per cent, Balaghat-33.17 per cent and Chhindwara-33 per cent.

Barring the Naxal-affected Baiher, Lanjhi and Paraswada Assembly segments under Balaghat parliamentary seat, polling will be held from 7 am to 6 pm, the official said.

In Naxal-affected areas, polling will be held from 7 am to 4 pm, he said.

Voting is being held in the state’s six Lok Sabha seats – Sidhi, Shahdol, Jabalpur, Mandla, Balaghat and Chhindwara – and by-election to Chhindwara Assembly constituency, where Chief Minister Kamal Nath is in the fray.