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Himachal Pradesh assembly elections 2017 updates: 74% voter turnout, highest ever for state

Polling in the Himachal Pradesh elections got underway on Thursday as traditional rivals Congress and BJP locked horns in all 68 constituencies of the state. Catch live updates here.

HimachalPradeshElection2017 Updated: Nov 09, 2017 19:16 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Country’s first voter Shyam Saran Negi casts his vote at Kalpa polling station.(Saurabh Chauhan/HT Photo)

Voting began in Himachal Pradesh on Thursday in 68 constituencies where 337 candidates including 62 MLAs are in the fray.

A total of 50.25 lakh electorate, including 19 lakh women and 14 transgenders, will decide the fate of 338 candidates including 19 women.

Among the contestants, chief minister Virbhadra Singh, 83, is pushing hard to get to the helm for a seventh time. From BJP’s side, Prem Kumar Dhumal, 73, is making a strong bid to ensure the party’s win with a record margin.

Officials said everything was in place for a smooth conduct of the polling in 7,525 booths.

The vote count will be held on December 18.

Here are the updates:

7pm: Election Commission says Himachal Pradesh registered its highest polling percentage ever at 74%: PTI

5.30pm: High polling witnessed in Gagret, Una, Nalagarh, Shilai, Chopal, Lahaul and Spiti, Kinnaur, Haroli and Jubbal Kotkhai assembly segments.

5pm: Election Commission registers 74% polling.

2.26pm: 54.09% polling in Himachal Pradesh till 2 pm: ANI

2.24pm:

1.30pm: “We have faith in voters. The BJP has made false promises, run fake campaigns in the state to lure the voters,” Congress leader Anand Sharma tells ANI after voting in Shimla.

12.23pm: Himachal Pradesh records 28.6% voter turnout till 12pm.

11.46am: Country’s first voter Shyam Saran Negi casts his vote at Kalpa polling station

11.29am: Union minister JP Nadda casts his vote in Bilaspur.

11.10am: Voting underway at Shimla’s Fagu, and Hamirpur

11.05am: Tribal district Lahaul-Spiti records 9% polling till 10am.

10.46am: VVPAT machine in Ree polling booth of Hamirpur’s Sujanpur assembly segment not working.

10.30am: Himachal Pradesh records 13.72% polling recorded till 10 am.

10.02am: Chief minister Virbhadra Singh, his family members, and BJP MP Anurag Thakur cast their votes at Rampur assembly segment

9.49am: Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh says he is confident of Congress getting a majority

9.38am: People queue up to cast their votes at model polling station Racholi in Rampur assembly segment

9:28 am: “People have made up their minds to get rid of Congress that has looted Himachal Pradesh. They need a senior leader like Prem Kumar Dhumal to look at the affairs of the state that are is under the debt of more than Rs 50,000 crore,” ANI quotes Anurag Thakur, BJP MP from Hamirpur, as saying.

9:10 am: We aimed for 50 plus seats but now after receiving so much support from all sections of society, we expect to cross 60, says Prem Kumar Dhumal, BJP’s CM candidate, to ANI.

8: 32 am: Voting at the all women-managed polling station 55 in Reckong Peo’s Kinnaur delayed due to a technical glitch.

8:05 am:

8:00 am: Polling begins in 68 constituencies in Himachal Pradesh.

7:50 am: A government teacher, who was roped in for poll duty, is booked for allegedly clicking a selfie, which he later circulated on social media, while casting his postal ballot, an election official said on Wednesday.

Kamlesh Kumar took a selfie in which the serial number of the ballot was clearly visible.

7:38 am:

6.54am: PM Modi urges people of Himachal Pradesh to step out and vote

On Wednesday, EC advised the print and electronic media to not publish or publicise any article or programme related to dissemination of results between 8 am on November 9 to 6 pm on December 14.

(With inputs from agencies)

First Published: Nov 09, 2017 08:01 IST