Bhubaneswar: The second phase elections in Odisha begin today and voting is reportedly underway in five Lok Sabha and 35 Assembly constituencies.
The parliamentary constituencies are Bargarh, Sundergarh, Bolangir, Kandhamal and Aska. Polling also began in the assembly constituencies under them.
Polling is being held from 7 am onwards at 9,117 booths, said sources at Chief Electoral Officer (CEO).
Out of the total number, 3,701 have been identified as critical, and arrangements have been made for deployment of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) in 739 booths.
Ahead of this, mock polls were held an hour before the polling at the election booths across the State. All the polling booths also serve wheel-chair facilities to the differently abled voters.
It is pertinent to mention here that Odisha Chief Minister and BJD Supremo Naveen Patnaik is contesting from two seats-Hinjili in Ganjam district and Bijepur in Bargarh.
Notably, the first phase of polling was held on April 11, the remaining phases are scheduled for today, April 23 and 29. Counting of votes will be held on May 23.