Final phase of polls held in India's Chhattisgarh

Voters at a polling station in Chhattisgarh The first phase of elections was marred by isolated incidents of violence

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Polling has ended in the final phase of elections in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh.

Polling was held in 72 constituencies in central and north Chhattisgarh, where more than 800 candidates are standing.

The first phase of voting for the 90-member state assembly was held on 11 November.

The principal contenders in Chhattisgarh are the ruling BJP and their main rivals, the Congress party.

More than 100,000 security personnel were deployed to ensure Tuesday's elections passed off peacefully.

The first phase was marred by isolated incidents of violence in 18 constituencies, the majority of them located in Maoist rebel strongholds in the Bastar region.

Assembly elections are being held in five Indian states - Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram - from 11 November to 4 December. Votes will be counted on 8 December.

A total of 110 million voters will be eligible to cast their votes in the five states.

Correspondents say the polls will give a sense of how the electorate may vote in the general elections due in 2014.

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