Election

Himachal assembly polls: 28.6% polling recorded till 12 noon

Himachal elections

Shimla, Nov 9: Polling for the 68-seat Himachal Pradesh assembly in a single phase has kicked off amid tight security on Thursday, an election official said here.

28.6% Polling recorded till 12 noon in the Himachal Pradesh elections.

While 13.72% polling recorded in first two hours.

Voters across the state could be seen standing in queues at the polling stations even before polling started at 8 a.m. despite cold.

While as per reports, Voting at polling station number 55 in Kinnaur, Reckong Peo has not yet started due to a technical glitch; the polling booth is all women-managed.

A total of 337 candidates, 19 of them women, are in the fray.

The main contest is between the ruling Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The Congress has projected incumbent Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh as its chief ministerial candidate, while Prem Kumar Dhumal is the BJP’s. Both are contesting the elections.

A total of 50.25 lakh electorate, including 19 lakh women and 14 transgenders, will decide the fate of the candidates.

The voters can cast their votes till 5 p.m.

The vote count will be done on December 18 along with those of Gujarat.

Wefornews Bureau

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