Himachal polls: Over 50 lakh voters to cast vote .
The polling began at 8:00 am and end at 5:00 pm .
A total of 337 candidates, including 19 women, are in the fray .
As many as 50,25,941 voters are eligible to cast their votes and 37,605 polling personnel have been deployed at 7,525 polling booths . 983 polling stations had been declared vulnerable and 399 as critical to ensure free and fair elections in the state .
There is a straight contest in Jhanduta constituency with just two candidates, while Dharamshala constituency with 12 has the maximum number of candidates .
Four of the remaining five are independent candidates while one seat is vacant .
In terms of area, the largest assembly constituency is Lahaul and Spiti .
The Congress and the BJP are contesting all 68 seats, while the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is contesting 42 seats, followed by the CPI(M) 14, Swabhiman Party and Lok Gathbandhan Party six each and the CPI-3 .
The counting of votes will take place on December 18 . (ANI)