Massive turnout in Baliguda, Champua NAC polls

Bhubaneswar: Voters turned out in large numbers for the first ever elections to the newly-formed Baliguda and Champua Notified Area Councils (NACs) on Tuesday.

No untoward incidents were reported during the polling for the two NACs, each with 13 wards.

Seventy four percent of voters exercised their franchise in Baliguada while the turnout was even bigger at Champua at 83 percent, sources in the office of the State Election Commission (SEC) said.

A total of 12,764 voters cast their votes in 16 booths in Baliguda while 9508 voters exercised their franchise in 13 booths in Champua.

The Congress, BJD and BJP have fielded candidates for all 13 wards in Baliguda while three persons are contesting the polls as independent candidates.

The BJD and BJP have fielded candidates in all 13 wards in Champua while the Congress has fielded eight candidates. Besides, seven persons are contesting as independent candidates.

Polling for these two NACs began at 8 AM and ended at 5 PM.

The district administrations had put in place elaborate security measures for the smooth conduct of the polls.