Bargarh: The voting for the by-election to Bijepur Assembly constituency is going smoothly that began at 8 am this morning and security has been beefed up in the constituency and adjoining areas to avoid any untoward situation.
The by-election fever has gripped the State as all the three major political parties are facing the first by-poll after 2014 Assembly elections.
People across the State have glued to television sets from the morning to get informed about each happening of the by-election.
Elaborate arrangements have been made by the Election Commission for the Bijepur by-poll where around 2.21 lakh voters will exercise their franchise in 281 booths today.
The voting will continue till 5 pm today and the results will be announced on February 28.
Voting in booth no- 88, 102, 141 in Bijepur block and booth no 20 in Barpali block was interrupted after technical glitches developed in Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) machines, which are being used for the first time in the by-poll.
Along with 36 platoons of police force, five companies of central paramilitary forces have been deployed in the district to maintain law and order during the polling, official sources said.