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Seventy pc turnout in peaceful polls
Press Trust of India, PTI
Shimla, February 27, 2003
First Published: 10:16 IST(26/2/2003)
Last Updated: 12:03 IST(27/2/2003)

In an incident-free election, nearly 70 per cent of the 39.82 lakh voters in Himachal Pradesh cast their votes in the one-day polling today sealing the fate of 391 candidates in 65 Assembly constituencies of the state.

A repoll was ordered for February 28 in Anoh polling booth in Fattu ka Bagh area of Nurpur constituency and Sabji Mandi booth in Shimla following problems in the electronic voting machines there.

The highest 78 per cent polling was reported from Nagrota Bhagwan constituency in Kangra followed by 75 per cent in Kangra and Nurpur, 73 per cent in Bamsan and Mewa, 72 per cent in Rajgir and 71 per cent in Jubbal and Kotkhai.

The lowest polling of 47 per cent was reported in the lone urban constituency of Shimla while the adjoining Kusumpti recorded 52 per cent polling.

About 70 per cent polling was recorded in Kangra, Una, Hamirpur and Bilaspur district while Kullu, Mandi, Sirmaur, Chamba and Solan districts recorded 65 to 70 per cent polling.

Lowest polling of 63 per cent was recorded in Shimla district even as Jubbal and Kotkhai and Rohroo constituencies in the district reported heavy polling of 71 and 69 per cent respectively.

In Kangra, Hamirpur and Una district polling was more than 62 per cent in all the constituencies.

A high of 65 per cent polling was recorded in Chamba district where less than ten per cent voters had cast their vote in the first three hours.

The polling which started on a dull note in the morning gained momentum as the day advanced and brisk polling was reported in the rural areas with women voters turning up in strength.

About 62 per cent polling was reported from Bamsan in Hamirpur from where Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal is seeking re-election while 66 pc voters had cast their votes in Rohroo constituency where former Chief Minister VB Singh is in the fray.

Polling was 61 pc in Kumarsein constituency where HPCC president Vidya Stokes is locked in a four cornered contest while Jubbal and Kotkhai constituency where state Horticulture Minister Narinder Bragata is pitted against Rohit Thakur, grandson of former chief minister Ram Lal recorded highest polling of 69 per cent.

No untoward incident was reported from any part of the state and barring complaints of deletion of names from voter list, polling passed off peacefully.

Mild rains and snow in mid and higher hills in Kullu and Kangra in the morning dampened the enthusiasm of voters but long queues of voters were seen at Hamirpur, Kangra, Mandi, Una and lower areas of Solan and Sirmaur districts within hours.

Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal cast his vote at Samirpur in Bamsan constituency and former Chief Minister Vir Bhadra Singh exercised his franchise at Rampur in Shimla.

Voters of Moin village in Ani constituency boycotted the poll to protest non-implementation of demand for upgradation of school and construction of road.


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