History was created in Haryana on Wednesday as over 75 per cent of the 1.63 crore eligible voters exercised their franchise, surpassing the previous high of 72.65 per cent in 1967.
"More than 73 per cent voters had cast their votes.However, the final percentage figure was likely to go up as voters were still inside polling stations and all figures were being compiled," Haryana's Chief Electoral Officer, Shrikant Walgad told PTI.
The Election Department officials said that those voterswho had entered the polling station by 6 PM will also be allowed to cast their vote.Close to 6 PM, healthy voter turnout was witnessed at Fatehabad district (78 pc), Hisar (73 pc), Jind (75 pc), Kaithal (79 pc), Kurukshetra (78 pc), Mewat (76 pc), Rohtak (70 pc) and Yamunanagar (79 pc).
However, polling was not that high in Faridabad district(57 pc), Gurgaon (64 pc) and Panchkula (66 pc)
Amid tight security, polling commenced in all the 90 Assembly seats at 7 AM to decide the fate of 1,351 candidates.
Counting of votes will take place on October 19.Over 1.63 crore voters including over 87 lakh women were
eligible to cast their vote in the polls, in which stakes are high for ruling Congress, BJP and INLD.
In 2009 polls, total polling of 72.37 per cent had been recorded.
In 1967, maximum polling of 72.65 per cent had taken place while in 1968 minimum polling of 57.26 per cent was registered.
Similarly,in Assembly elections of 1972 total percentage of polling was 70.46 per cent in Haryana.
In 1977, the total polling percentage was 64.6 per, in 1982 it was 69.87, in 1987 total polling percentage was 71.24 per cent, in 1991 it was 65.86 per cent, 70.54 per cent in 1996, 69.01 per cent in 2000 and 71.96 per cent in 2005.
2014 Lok Sabha polls registered 71.86 per cent polling.
Highest voting of 88.9% recorded in Ellenabad, Sirsa
Lowest voting of 55.9% recorded in Badkhal,Faridabad
Record polling in Haryana, over 75% voting till 7:30 pm
Around 75% voting recorded in Haryana till 7 pm
Around 73% voting recorded in Haryana till 6 pm
District wise voter turnout in Percentage till 6pm
Around 65 % voting recorded in Haryana till 5 pm
District wise voter turnout in Percentage till 5pm
Supporters of BSP and an independent candidate Jile Ram Sharma clashed at Chochra village in Assandh assembly constituency in Karnal district. A policeman is reportedly injured in stone pelting between to rival political factions.
Boy dies in group clash at Punhana village in Mewat
Haryana records 61 per cent voting till 4 pm
Clashes erupted between members of Jat and dalit community over bogus voting in Niyana village of Barwala assembly segment in Hisar district.
Haryana records 50.3 % voting till 3 pm
44.4 percent voting recorded in Haryana till 2 pm
An Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) worker was injured in firing after clashes erupted between workers of INLD and Gopal Kanda's Haryana Lokhit Party in Sirsa.
Elections going on peacefully in karnal, Panipat, Kurukshetra and adjoining districts.
District wise voter turnout in Percentage till 1.19 pm
34 percent voting recorded in Haryana till 1 pm
Polling dirupted at Chuhadpur village as INLD and BJP workers clashed. The presiding official was beaten up.
29.6 % voting recorded till 12 pm
Tension at Madina village of Rohtak district after Cong, INLD supporters clash
Voting comes to a halt at a polling booth in Uchana Kalan assembly segment due to fault in EVM machines.
16.8% voting recorded in Haryana till 11am
District wise voter turnout in Percentage till 11 am
One injured in BJP, INLD workers' clash in Sirsa district
According to TV reports, Haryana Lokhit Party (HLP) chief Gopal Kanda's car was attacked at Sirsa
Haryana polls - Of all 4 constituencies in the Gurgaon district, Gurgaon Seat has maximum voter turnout till now with 11.6% votes polled.
12.3% voting recorded in #Haryana till 10 am
INLD and BJP supporters clash outside a polling station at Basgaon in Hisar.
District wise voting percentage in Haryana till 9.30 am
2.8% voting in Haryana till 9am
Voting begin on a slow note in Haryana on Wednesday.
District wise voter turnout
Polling starts with over 1.63 crore voters eligible to exercise their franchise to elect 90 assembly members from the 1,351 candidates in the fray.
All arrangements in place for Haryana polls
All arrangements, including those of security, have been put in place for smooth conduct of polls to the 90-member Haryana Assembly on Wednesday.
"All the polling parties have left for their respective 16,357 polling booths along with Electronic Voting Machines and other related material," Chief Electoral Officer, Haryana, Shrikant Walgad said here today.
A total of 1,63,05,217 voters are eligible to cast their votes while a total of 1,351 candidates are in the fray. These voters include 87,37,116 males, 74,79,439 females and 88,662 service voters including 12 NRI voters, he said.
He said that mock poll would be organised in front of agents of candidates from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. tomorrow and after that polling would be held from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Only those voters as have entered the polling station up to 6 p.m. would be allowed to cast their vote, he said.
Tight security arrangements had been put in place with deployment of nearly 50,000 forces including personnel of para-military forces, Home Guards along with the Haryana Police for peaceful conduct of elections.
Constant vigil was being maintained on persons and vehicles in all border areas of Haryana. Teams of flying squads were patrolling to ensure smooth conduct of elections, he said.
There are 30 Assembly constituencies where more than 15 candidates each are contesting and two EVMs each would be installed in these segments. One EVM each would be installed in the remaining 60 Assembly constituencies.
A maximum of 31 candidates are contesting in Bhiwani assembly constituency whereas a minimum of seven candidates each are in Shahbad and Nuh assembly constituencies.
A maximum number of 3,16,567 voters are in Badshahpur assembly constituency whereas minimum number of 1,26,804 voters are in Narnaul assembly constituency.
Walgad said a total of 2,700 booths have been identified as sensitive. Video cameras and CCTV cameras have been installed, web-casting would be done and micro observers would be deputed at all polling booths for monitoring the election process.