With 68 percent voters having turned out on Thursday, the first-phase election in four Lok Sabha and 28 Assembly seats of Odisha ended smoothly and peacefully. But there were places in Odisha which witnessed zero voting.
As per sources, people of eight villages under Mathili block in Malkangiri district abstained from voting allegedly on being denied basic amenities. Voters in some villages of Nabarangpur district also boycotted polls over various demands.
While people from the villages in these areas were not happy with the distance between polling booths and the villages others as a mark of protest decided to go against their privilege of voting for poor road in their areas and also alleged that development is far from reach in their villages.
The employees of the polling booths in the areas waited for long but alas, none turned up.
Nine polling booths under Kunturupadara police camp also saw Zero voting.
Also observed was zero voting in 15 booths in the cut-off areas of Malkangiri district due to the Maoist threats.Odisha News Insight