Haryana Assembly election: Voter turnout dips to 65%

Minor clashes reported from Nuh, Rohtak and Narnaul districts; row over BJP MLA’s video

October 21, 2019 10:52 pm | Updated October 22, 2019 01:34 am IST - CHANDIGARH

A woman gets her finger inked at a polling booth in Karnal on Monday.

A woman gets her finger inked at a polling booth in Karnal on Monday.

Haryana on Monday recorded a voter turnout close to 65% in the Assembly election, down by nearly 11 percentage points from the 2014 Assembly election figure, a senior official said.

“Voter turnout in Haryana is estimated at around 65% in the Assembly polls. The percentage is likely to go up slightly after final figures are computed. Fatehabad district with 74.49% witnessed the highest polling turnout, while the least polling was seen in Gurugram district at 52.33% [revised 52.5%],” Joint Chief Electoral Officer Inder Jeet told The Hindu

In 2014, Haryana saw a turnout of 76.54 %.

Polling across the State was by and large peaceful, apart from minor incidents of clashes in Nuh, Rohtak and Narnaul districts, besides complaints of technical glitches in the electronic voting machines from a few booths, which were attended to.

Haryana Additional Director-General of Police (Law and Order) Navdeep Singh Virk said the overall situation remained peaceful during the poll. 

He said that minor incidents of clashes were reported in Nuh, Rohtak and Narnaul districts. 

“In all 12 FIRs have been registered so far. There were two incidents of firing, seven people were reported injured. There were no deaths,” he said.

Haryana Director-General of Police Manoj Yadava said half-a-dozen incidents of clashes outside polling booths were reported from Rohtak and Nuh districts.

As many as 1,169 candidates, including 105 women, are contesting the election in the 90 Assembly constituencies in the State.

Chief Electoral Officer Anurag Agarwal said in places where complaints were received about glitches in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), those were immediately sorted out. “Nowhere the polling was disrupted,” he said.

Reacting to the controversy kicked off by a BJP candidate from Assandh constituency over EVM tampering, Mr. Agarwal said the video had been sent for forensic analysis. “An FIR will be filed against him if he is found at fault,” he added.

66.5% in Punjab

 Punjab saw over 66.5% turnout for the bypolls to four Assembly seats, while in neighbouring Himachal Pradesh around 69% polling was reported for bypolls to four Assembly segments.

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