About 20 per cent of electorate cast their votes in the first three hours of polling till 10 AM in seven Lok Sabha constituencies of Chhattisgarh going to polls in the third and final phase today.
"The polling began in Raipur, Durg, Bilaspur, Janjgir-Champa (SC), Raigarh (ST), Surguja (ST) and Korba Lok Sabha seats at 7 AM and till 10 AM around 20 per cent turnout has been recorded," Joint Chief Electoral Officer DD Singh told PTI.
No incident of violence has been reported so far from these regions, he said.
Youths turned out in large numbers to cast vote since early morning and long queues were seen outside booths in Raipur, Durg, Bilaspur and Korba seats.
"Meanwhile, EVMs were replaced at several places after they malfunctioned," Singh said.
Governor Shekhar Dutt cast his vote in Raipur seat.
BJP and Congress candidates from the seat, namely Ramesh Bais and Satyanarayan Sharma also exercised their right to franchise.
In Durg parliamentary constituency, BJP nominee Saroj Pandey and his Congress counterpart Tamradhwaj Sahu cast their votes.
BJP's Kamla Devi Patle (Janjgir-Champa) and Congress’ Aarti Singh (Raigarh) also cast their votes.
Out of total 1, 18, 10,256 voters, 60, 31,735 are men and 57, 72,750 women, while 1340 voters belonged to "others” category and 4,431 are service voters.