Published On: Sat, Feb 4th, 2017

72 percent votes cast in Punjab; Polling ends in Goa, 83% turnout

Chandigarh: Over 72 per cent of Punjab’s nearly 1.99 crore voters cast their votes on Saturday in 117 assembly segments in the northern state, election officials said here.

Hoshiarpur (63 per cent) and Amritsar (65 per cent) recorded the lowest voting among all 22 districts

On the other hand, polling for Goa’s 40 assembly constituencies officially ended at 5 pm on Saturday by when 83 per cent of the electorate exercised their franchise, officials said.

In Punjab, Sangrur district recorded the highest 81 per cent voting, followed by Faridkot and Fatehgarh Sahib districts at 80 per cent.

The Malwa belt (south of Sutlej river), comprising 14 of the 22 districts in Punjab and having 69 of the 117 assembly seats, saw a high voter turnout in all districts.

Eight districts in this belt saw over 75 per cent voting, while four districts recorded over 70 per cent voting.

Hoshiarpur (63 per cent) and Amritsar (65 per cent) recorded the lowest voting among all 22 districts.

Voting was continuing at some polling stations since voters who had queued up by 5 pm were allowed to exercise their franchise.

Amid reports of three firing incidents in Punjab, state Chief Electoral Officer VK Singh on Saturday said polling was by and large peaceful in 117 assembly constituencies as well as for the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat by-election.

Poll officials in Goa said that the voting is still on in some polling booths to accommodate people already in queues and the final percentage would be made available later Saturday.

Meanwhile, provisional figures released by the Chief Electoral Officer show 83 per cent voting recorded till 5 pm.

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