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HindustanTimes Tue,21 Oct 2014

Chandigarh records highest ever poll percentage

Agencies  Chandigarh, April 10, 2014
First Published: 21:00 IST(10/4/2014) | Last Updated: 10:43 IST(11/4/2014)

Chandigarh recorded the highest ever poll percentage in history, as it was set to cross 72% even as final figures were being tabulated. According to Chandigarh's deputy commissioner-cum-returning officer Mohd Shayin, the previous high was 68.1% in 1984. In 2004 and 2009, the voting percentage was 50 and 64.9% respectively.
 
 
Shayin said the polling, which started at 7am, remained peaceful in Chandigarh and queues could be seen inside booths even after the deadline for polling ended at 6 pm.
 
In Chandigarh's lone Lok Sabha seat, there were over 6.13 lakh eligible voters who cast their ballot. Enthusiastic voters began queuing up in the first hour after the commencement of polling at 7 am. A total of 17 candidates were in the fray.
 
The big fight in Chandigarh is between former railway minister and Congress leader Pawan Kumar Bansal, who is the sitting MP from the city beautiful, and three women challengers - Kirron Kher of the BJP, Gulkirat Kaur Panag (Gul Panag) of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), and Jannat Jahan-ul-Haq of the Bahujan Samaj Party.
 
Kirron Kher and Gul Panag are celebrity candidates from Mumbai's film industry. Both have lived in Chandigarh earlier.
 
Chandigarh has over 2.81 lakh women voters while there are over 1.71 lakh young voters in the 20-29 age group. Nearly 70 percent of the young voters in Chandigarh cast their vote.
 
While Bansal cast his vote in Sector 28, actress Kirron Kher, who has her vote in Mumbai, accompanied her 101-year-old father and other family members to a polling station in Sector 8.

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