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Less than 9% polling in Haryana (10 a.m.)

IANS  |  Chandigarh 

Less than nine per cent of over 1.80 crore voters in turned out in the first three hours of polling on Sunday to elect members of Parliament for 10 seats in the penultimate phase of general elections, officials said.

"The voter turnout was 8.79 per cent by 10 a.m.," an told IANS after polling started at 7 a.m. in Ambala, Kurukshetra, Gurugram, Faridabad, Hisar, Sirsa, Karnal, Sonipat, and

The highest turnout was in the high-profile at 11 per cent, followed by 10.49 in (reserved).

Polling was delayed in some booths in Yamunanagar, Mahendragarh and Gohana towns due to malfunctioning electronic voting machines (EVMs).

At the polling booth number 84 in Gohana the faulty could not be rectified till 10 a.m., so only two votes were cast in three hours.

Manohar Lal Khattar, former and candidate from Hooda, Union Ministers Rao Inderjit Singh, and and Indian cricket team were among the early voters in the state.

Khattar, who took a train from Chandigarh to city to cast his vote, appealed to the voters to participate in the world's largest festival of democracy by exercising their franchise as early as possible.

Likewise did Kohli, who cast his vote in

Rao Inderjit Singh, Gurjar and Hooda were among the 223 candidates, comprising 11 women, whose fate will be sealed by voters.

The BJP, Congress, Om Prakash Chautala-led Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and its breakaway the (JJP) are the main political parties in the fray.

The state has over 1.80 crore voters, including 83,40,173 women and 207 transgender.

--IANS

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First Published: Sun, May 12 2019. 10:58 IST
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