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People queue up early as polling in all five LS seats of U'khand begins

Press Trust of India  |  Dehradun 

Polling for all the five seats in began at 7 am Thursday, with many people queuing up early in the morning to exercise their franchise.

The fate of 52 candidates will be decided by over 78 lakh voters of the state, where all the five seats -- Tehri, Pauri, Haridwar, Almora and Nainital -- are being held by the BJP.

The saffron party is locked in straight contests with the on all seats.

High-profile candidates in the fray are ex-who takes on in Nainital, ex-CM who faces Congress's Ambrish Kumar in Haridwar, BJP is up against B C Khanduri's son in Pauri and sitting MPs (Lok Sabha) and Pradeep Tamta (Rajya Sabha) in Almora.

Polling began at 7 am. Of the 78,56,268 voters in Uttarakhand, 3,71,220 are women and 259 belong to the third gender, said.

Haridwar has the highest number of 18,40,732 voters, while Almora has the lowest number of voters at 13,37,803, she said.

The highest percentage of voters are in the age group of 30-39 years who constitute 27.4 per cent of the electorate whereas people above 80 years of age constitute 1.6 per cent of the electorate, the said.

A total of 11,229 polling booths have been set up across the state out of which 697 have been identified as sensitive and 656 highly sensitive.

A total of 45,696 police, provincial armed constabulary, paramilitary force and polling personnel have been deployed for free and fair conduct of polls in the state, and said.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 09:30 IST