Between 12 to 15 per cent of estimated 1.16 crore voters exercised their franchise till 10 am in polling to nine Lok Sabha seats of Punjab and the lone Chandigarh constituency on Wednesday.
Electorates reached the polling booth to exercise their franchise, an election office spokesman said here adding that the
polling will be held till 1700 hours. During the first three hours no untoward incident was reported from any of the constituency.
At Moga at one polling station of booth No 84 polling could not start for 40 minutes due to some defect in Electronic Voting Machine and polling was started after the EVM was replaced, reports here said.
Similar reports of fault occurred in EVM soon after polling started at about 10 places including Reharwan, Kili Chahlan, Bhinder Khurd, Butterkalan and Dattasanduanwal.
At two places machines were replaced and at other places machines were repaired.
At village Rania under Nihalsinghwala assembly segment Congress workers were harassed and tension mounted when Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) workers with the help of some policemen allegedly tried to remove the Congress flags.
Police immediately swung into action and brought the situation under control.
A Congress worker going in car was allegedly attacked by SAD workers at Akalsar road in Moga district and beaten and the car was damaged.
Police rushed to the spot but in the meantime assailants managed to escape.
Police registered a case against Gurjant Singh Mohi and four unknown persons. However no arrest was yet made.
Punjab's nine seats - Gurdaspur, Amritsar, Khadoor Sahib, Jalandhar (reserve), Fatehgarh Sahib (reserve), Hoshiarpur (reserve), Anandpur Sahib, Ludhiana and Faridkot (reserve) - are going to polls along with other states in the fifth and final phase of countrywide election to Lok Sabha seats on Wednesday.
An estimated 1.16 crore voters will seals the fate of 139 candidates in Punjab, including ten women and 65 independents.