Average voter turnout till 11 am for Lok Sabha polls, Assembly elections

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Bhubaneswar: Stage is set for the grandest festival of democracy in Odisha as the four-phase Lok Sabha and Assembly polls will commence in the state from tomorrow.

Necessary arrangements, including adequate deployment of security personnel in insurgency-hit districts, have been made for the smooth conduct of elections in two Lok Sabha seats and 57 assembly constituencies in Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday. Counting of votes will be held on May 23.

This is the first general election in the state after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh in 2014. There are 2,118 candidates for the state polls and 319 for the Lok Sabha elections. In Bihar, voting is under way in four - Aurangabad, Gaya, Nawada and Jamui - out of 40 seats. The saffron party is locked in straight contests with the Congress on all seats.

In Muzaffarnagar, RLD chief Ajit Singh will take on BJP's Sanjeev Balyan.

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Lok election polling is scheduled to hold in 7 phase from April 11 to May 19. And last, a look at all the Northeastern states, which also go to polls today, with Abhishek Saha (16:17).

The Phase 1 polling will be held in the states like Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Uttarakhand, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Telangana are voting today in a single phase. Voting also began in five constituencies in Assam, four in Odisha, two in Jammu and Kashmir (Jammu and Baramulla) and one each of Chhattisgarh (Bastar), Manipur (Outer Manipur), and Tripura (Tripura West).

A total of 1,279 candidates are int he fray, and their fate will be decided by over 14.21 crore voters.

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