Himachal Polls: 74% voter turnout, likely to go up, says EC

ANI | Updated: Nov 09, 2017 20:07 IST

Himachal Pradesh [India], November 9 (ANI): The Election Commission of India">Election Commission of India on Thursday announced that the Himachal Pradesh Assembly Elections has recorded around 74 per cent voters' turnout.

"Till now 74 per cent voting has been recorded in Himachal Pradesh, but it is likely to go up," the Election Commission told the media personnel.

A total of 54.09 per cent polling was recorded till 2 p.m. in the polls.

Amongst the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, party's chief ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal, MP Anurag Thakur and Union Minister J.P. Nadda cast their votes besides Congress leaders - Anand Sharma, Sukhvinder Singh and others - in the Himachal polls.

The voting was conducted in 68 assembly constituencies of Himachal Pradesh in a single phase to choose the next chief minister of the state.

A total of 337 candidates, including 19 women, are in fray to sweep the polls in the hilly state.

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.

Congress leader and six-time Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is fighting against Dhumal to be the next head of the state.

The counting of votes will take place on December 18. (ANI)

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