Bhubaneswar: The by polls election for Odisha’s Maoist-infested Umerkote assembly seat in Odisha’s Nabarangpur district started on Wednesday, with elaborate security arrangements, police said.

It is estimated that as many as 1,65,037 voters(83,830 males and 81, 207 females) are eligible to vote.

The tribal constituency is likely to witness a triangular contest between Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Dharmu Gond, Congress’s Jatindranath Gond and ruling BJD’s Subash Gond.

Altogether 743 polling officers and 195 Presiding Officers have been appointed. Moreover CRPF Jawans have been deployed at each of the polling booths. Apart from this 40 additional Polling and Presiding Officers have been deployed to ensure that the polling occurs in a peaceful manner.

Out of the 162 booths in Umerkote assembly 70 have been identified to be sensitive and as many as 67 has been identified to be hyper-sensitive. Special arrangements have been made for these booths and also in Maoist pockets.

Five Executive Magistrate have also been employed. District Collector Sivabrata Dash, DIG of Police Soumendra Priyadarshi, SP Niti Sekhar along with other senior officials are camping in the constituency.

It is note worthy to mention that the by-election for the Umerkote assembly seat, reserved for Scheduled Tribes, has been necessitated after Biju Janana Dal (BJD) member, Jagabandhu Majhi was killed on September 24.

The voting began at 08:00 am in the morning and will continue till 04:00 pm in the evening.