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Chandigarh MC polls: Polling momentum increases past noon, city witness 50% voter turnout till 4.30pm

Polling for municipal corporation (MC) house began in Chandigarh at 8 am on Sunday. After a low voter turnout in the early hours of the morning in Chandigarh on Sunday, the polling momentum increased to 50 % after 4 pm.

punjab Updated: Dec 18, 2016 18:20 IST
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Sanjay Tandon in polling booth at Sector 18 in Chandigarh on Sunday.
Sanjay Tandon in polling booth at Sector 18 in Chandigarh on Sunday.(Keshav Singh/ HT Photo)

Polling for municipal corporation (MC) house began in Chandigarh at 8 am on Sunday. After a low voter turnout in the early hours of the morning in Chandigarh on Sunday, the polling momentum increased to 50% after 4pm.

In the last leg of the polling of votes, sector residents and dwellers came out to vote. Queues got longer just half an hour before the polling was to end at 5pm. The staff at the polling booth said the ones who entered before 5pm would be allowed to cast vote even if their turn comes after 7pm. The polling booths in some of the northern and southern sectors saw rush in the evening while the rush in the colonies remained throughout the day. The polling percentage by 4.30pm was 50 percent.

Voters in queue outside polling booth at CTU Workshop Industrial Area Phase 1 in Chandigarh on Sunday. (Keshav Singh/HT Photo)

The southern sector including Sector 38, Sector 44 also had residents pouring in for voting. But the northern sectors in city saw very few residents came out to vote till 1pm . A visit to Sector 10 polling booth reflected the presence just a couple of voters.

Former Union minister Pawan Kumar Bansal along with his family members exercised their votes at Sector 28 polling station, while member of Parliament (MP) Kirron Kher exercised her vote at Sector 7 polling station in Chandigarh.

MP Kirron Kher at Sector 7 polling station in Chandigarh on Sunday. (HT Photo)

Enthusiasm was seen among voters as they braved chilly morning to cast their votes. Till 4.30pm, 250697 people have exercised their votes out of total 507623 registered voters.