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63% polling in Haryana

Press Trust of India  |  Chandigarh 

Around 63 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the 10 seats of at the close of polling at 6 pm on Sunday.

In the 2014 general election, the overall poll percentage stood at 71.86.

State Joint Electoral said the exact percentage would be known later and those voters who had entered the polling booths before 6 pm will be allowed to cast their votes.

No untoward incident was reported in the state and the polling remained peaceful. Nearly 63 per cent voters have cast their vote, Singh said.

The turnout in seven constituencies crossed 60 per cent, while the poll percentage in Gurgaon, and was less than 60 per cent, the said.

There were reports of minor skirmishes from some parts, including Fatehabad, Nuh in Mewat, Sirsa and between supporters of political parties.

While poll officials said voting went on smoothly during the day, Congress' candidate, Deepender Singh Hooda, who is seeking re-election for a fourth term, accused and MLA of intimidating voters by forcibly entering some polling booths.

Deepender Hooda, son of former Bhupinder Singh Hooda, also lodged a complaint with Rohtak's

Grover rejected the charge as "baseless" allegations in the face of "imminent defeat". The alleged that there were complaints against workers of intimidating some voters.

(JJP) and Sonipat candidate alleged that his party symbol (a pair of slippers) were not clearly visible on electronic voting machines at booths 88, 89 and 90 in district.

The said there were some glitches in EVMs and the voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) at a few booths early in the morning, but those were replaced immediately.

In the initial hours, the polling was brisk, but as the day progressed, the turnout dropped slightly.

Indian posted a picture of his inked finger on after exercising his franchise at a polling booth in "Voting is your right and responsibility towards nation building. Go vote," he said.

Minister voted in Karnal, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who is fighting from Sonipat, cast his vote at Kiloi in district. State chief Ashok Tanwar, JJP candidate and sitting exercised their franchise in Sirsa.

Enthusiastic voters were seen at several places. A groom went to cast his vote in Mullana village of Ambala constituency before solemnising his marriage.

A few nonagenarian also exercised their franchise. Som Dutt, 98, exercised his franchise at a booth in Yamunanagar while 92-year-old who reached the booth on a wheelchair cast her vote in Ambala town.

A large number of women were seen in queues at the Sakhi Matdan Kendras, which are exclusively run by women and have been set up in each assembly segment.

Over 1.80 crore people are eligible to vote in the state., where 223 candidates, including only 11 women, are in the fray.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, May 12 2019. 19:41 IST