Punjab and Chandigarh Polls: High Voter Turnout Marks Election Day

A significant voter turnout was observed in Punjab and Chandigarh Lok Sabha elections, with tight security arrangements in place. The polling saw participation from key political figures and experienced technical glitches at some booths, while measures were taken to ensure voter comfort amid heatwave conditions.

PTI | Champawat | Updated: 01-06-2024 16:10 IST | Created: 01-06-2024 16:10 IST
Punjab and Chandigarh Polls: High Voter Turnout Marks Election Day
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High voter turnout marked the election day in Punjab and Chandigarh, with a significant 46.38 per cent turnout until 3 pm across 13 Lok Sabha constituencies in Punjab, and 52.61 per cent in Chandigarh.

Polling commenced at 7 am amidst stringent security measures and is scheduled to close at 6 pm.

Gurdaspur led with 49.10 per cent, followed by Bathinda at 48.95 per cent, per official data.

Pious participation included Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Punjab Finance Minister Harpal Singh Cheema, and former cricketer Harbhajan Singh.

The polling procedure witnessed a few technical hiccups, such as an EVM malfunction in Muktsar's Khuddian village.

In response to the heatwave, officials facilitated drinking water, shaded areas, and medical kits at polling stations.

Among prominent candidates, former CM Charanjit Singh Channi is vying for a seat, alongside BJP nominees Preneet Kaur and Harsimrat Badal.

Despite the INDIA bloc allies Congress and AAP contesting separately, the polling day was largely peaceful with active voter participation.

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