Himachal Pradesh Polls: 75% Voter Turnout

Himachal Pradesh registered a record high voter turnout of 75 percent in the state assembly polls Sunday. However polling in this state capital Shimla was less than 60 percent.


According to poll officials, the lowest voter turnout in the assembly elections Sunday was 58.77 percent recorded in Shimla (urban) constituency, whereas the highest percentage was 94.80 percent in Nalagarh in Solan district.


The overall voting was around 75 percent - a record high - for the 69 assembly constituencies, officials said.


Neeraj Kumar, officer on special duty with the state election department, said this time the voter turnout was higher by 12.02 percent than 47.15 percent in 2007.


In the 2003 assembly elections, polling percentage was 46.14 percent, while it was 43.12 percent in 1998.


According to election department archives, Shimla saw the highest polling in 1982 (66.01 percent) and the lowest in 1957 (30.44 percent) since the first assembly elections in 1951.

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