Despite the fear of the coronavirus, a turnout of 70.27% was recorded in Tuesday’s 28-seat assembly by-elections in Madhya Pradesh, an official said.
The average vote percentage in these constituencies in the 2018 Assembly poll was 72.93.
In total, 355 candidates, including 12 ministers, are vying for the bypolls.
Voting began at 7 a.m. on Tuesday with COVID-19 prevention protocols in place and continued until 6 p.m.
“A total of 70.27 percent of eligible voters voted according to final figures,” a senior election official told PTI.
The BJP currently has 107 MPs in the 230-member house and must win eight seats to achieve a simple majority.
The effective House membership is 229, as a congressman resigned last month, but the vote for that seat has yet to be held.
The congressional tally was reduced to 87 after the resignation of a total of 26 MPs since March of this year.
The by-elections were made necessary after the previous resignations of 25 congressmen and the deaths of three sitting lawmakers.
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