First-phase poll: 190 candidates in fray
The first phase election on November 12 has 46 more candidates than its previous edition. In 2013, a total of 144 candidates had tried their luck for 18 seats. This time, voters will decide the political fortunes of 190 candidates who are engaged in the electioneering for the first phase. Both Rajnandngaon and Jagdalpur segments have the maximum contestants, which was seen in 2013 also. Meanwhile, the Chhattisgarh Chief Electoral Offices stated that those who could not produce their Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC), can use any of the 12 alternative photo identity documents to cast their vote.