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Nearly 18 per cent voting in Haryana

india Updated: Oct 13, 2009 12:44 IST

About 18 per cent of Haryana's 13 million electorate had cast their votes in the first four hours of polling for elections to the 90-member assembly on Thursday.

The Pehowa assembly seat near Kurukshetra saw the highest turnout of 25 per cent till 11 am. The lowest was Bawal, close to Manesar near the national capital, at eight per cent, officials said.

Voting started at 7 am. with rural voters showing more enthusiasm than their urban counterparts. The voting will continue till 5 pm.

In places like Gurgaon, for instance, voting got off to a slow start. With most offices in the suburban town closed, people were slow to come out of the high-rise buildings and bungalows to exercise their franchise.

Haryana has an electorate of over 13 million - 7.1 million men and 5.9 million women. The highest number of voters are in the Gurgaon assembly constituency - over 231,000. In a span of just five months, nearly 1.1 million new voters have been added to the voters' list in Haryana, officials said.