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  • 5:09 PM IST

    Madhya Pradesh Election 2018 Voting Live Updates: 55.2 per cent voter turnout has been recorded till 4 pm.

  • 3:25 PM IST

    Madhya Pradesh Election 2018 Voting Live Updates: 50 per cent voter turnout has been recorded till 3 pm, as per Office of Chief Electoral Officer.

  • 2:48 PM IST

    Madhya Pradesh Election 2018 Voting LIVE News Updates: 34.99 per cent voter turnout recorded till 2 pm in MP. The voting is scheduled to continue till 5 PM in 227 constituencies.

  • 1:48 PM IST

    Madhya Pradesh Election 2018 Voting LIVE News Updates: “I had already cast my vote. When people asked me when those from media asked me whom I have voted for I showed this (palm). What else could have I done?Show a lotus?,” said Kamal Nath, Congress, on showing his election symbol after casting his vote in Chhindwara.

  • 1:45 PM IST

    Madhya Pradesh Election 2018 Voting LIVE News Updates: “There were few complaints on malfunction of some EVMs & VVPAT machines, they’ve been replaced. If it’s observed that voters left due to malfunction, we can consider re-polling at that particular polling station,” Rawat added.

  • 1:44 PM IST

    Madhya Pradesh Election 2018 Voting LIVE News Updates: “There are provisions for the extension of time, the local officers can take the call as they see fit. The matter does not need to be handled by the commission,” says CEC OP Rawat on Jyotiraditya Scindia’s request to EC to extend polling time due to EVM malfunction.

  • 12:32 PM IST

    Madhya Pradesh Election 2018 Voting LIVE News Updates: Till 11 AM, MP has recorded a total voter turnout of 21 per cent.

  • 12:27 PM IST

    Madhya Pradesh Election 2018 Voting LIVE News Updates: There have been many complaints of EVMs malfunctioning, have written to Election Commission. Have requested that voting time in these polling booths should be extended to compensate for the delay, says Jyotiraditya Scindia, Congress

Madhya Pradesh Election 2018 Voting Latest Updates: Altogether 65.5 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections Wednesday, just over seven per cent less than the figure in the previous polls.

In the 2013 Assembly election, 72.69 per cent turnout was recorded, an election official said.

The polling Wednesday was marred by complaints of faulty Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVVPAT) machines. Poll officials said 1,145 EVMs and 1,545 VVPATs were replaced after complaints of technical snags.

Voting was held between 8 am and 5 pm in 227 seats, while in three assembly segments in Naxal-affected Balaghat district – Lanji, Paraswada and Baihar – polling time was between from 7 am to 3 pm. (Live updates on Mizoram Assembly Election 2018)

The battle, which can be regarded as a ‘semi-final’ ahead of the Lok Sabha elections 2019, will see a tough contest between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition Congress. While the Shivraj Singh Chouhan-led BJP government eyes a fourth straight term in office, the Congress is hoping to turn the tide in the state which was once its stronghold. Other parties in the fray are the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), alliance partners Samajwadi Party and Gondwana Gantantra Party (SP-GGP), and the Aam Admi Party (AAP).

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Altogether 2,899 candidates were in the fray. The state has 5.04 crore eligible voters. Also, 3,00,782 government employees, including 45,904 women, were on poll duty and 65,341 polling stations were set up.

The BJP is contesting all the 230 seats, while the Congress has fielded 229 candidates, leaving one seat, Jatara in Tikamgarh district, for its ally – Sharad Yadav’s Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD). On the other hand, the BSP has fielded 227 candidates, while the SP is contesting on 52 seats. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), contesting the Madhya Pradesh elections for the first time, has fielded 208 candidates.

No Visible Wave For Any Party

An average of the several pre-poll surveys held in the recent months predicts 114 seats for the BJP, 106 for the Congress and 10 for others. This means a neck and neck neck fight can be expected in Madhya Pradesh with no visible wave for any of the parties.