Election 2019 : Over 39 pc voting in Haryana till 2 pm; polling peaceful

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New Delhi : A voter turnout of 39.16 per cent was recorded till 2 pm in ten Lok Sabha seats of Haryana on Sunday, with Kurukshetra and Hisar constituencies witnessing brisk polling.

Polling began Sunday at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm in the 10 parliamentary constituencies which are going to polls in a single phase, officials said.

The poll percentage recorded till 2 pm for the ten seats was 39.16 per cent, poll officials said.

As per the constituency-wise break up, Kurukshetra from where Haryana minister Nayab Singh Saini is pitted against Congress’s Nirmal Singh and INLD’s Arjun Chautala, recorded poll percentage of 44.43 while Hisar recorded poll percentage of 43.72.

Sirsa, Karnal, Bhiwani-Mahendergarh, Sonipat, Rohtak, Gurgaon, Ambala and Faridabad registered polling percentage of 39.30, 34.71, 42.20, 40.53, 38.97, 37.22, 35.75 and 37.15 respectively, as per poll officials.

Indian Cricket team captain Virat Kohli was among early voters who exercised his franchise at a polling booth in Gurgaon. After exercising his franchise, he posted a picture of his inked finger on his Twitter handle.

Voting is your right and responsibility towards nation building. Go vote, he tweeted while urging voters to go out and cast their vote.

Polling was initially slow in Gurgaon and Rohtak but started to pick pace as the day progressed.

Haryana’s joint chief electoral officer Inder Jeet said polling was going on peacefully across the state.

He said there were some glitches in EVMs and VVPATs at a few booths early in the morning, but the machines were replaced immediately.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar was among the early voters in Karnal while former CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda of Congress, fighting from Sonipat, cast his vote in Kiloi in Rohtak district. The state Congress chief Ashok Tanwar exercised his franchise in Sirsa.

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