Assembly elections in Uttarakhand ended on 15 February in a fight mainly between the ruling Congress and the BJP. Officials found that the vote percentage was higher than it was in 2012. Polling in 69 of the 70 constituencies in the hill state ended on a peaceful note, Election Commission officials said.
Maximum voting was reported from Haridwar (65 per cent) — where Chief Minister Harish Rawat is a candidate in one of the constituencies — followed by 63 per cent in Uttarkashi. Voters turnout in Uddhamsinghnagar was 63 per cent, followed by Nainital (57), Rudraprayag (54), Bagheshwar (53), Pithoragarh and Dehradun (51), Chamoli and Tehri (50) and Almora (47).
This is the fourth assembly polls in the state where 7.5 million voters decided the fate of 628 candidates. Men and women braved inclement weather at some places and voted in large numbers, officials said.
Polling in Karnprayag is being held on 9 March; it was suspended due to the death of the Bahujan Samaj Party candidate. According to an official, postal ballots will be received till March 11 morning, the day votes will be counted in all five states including Uttarakhand.
Uttarakhand had 10,685 polling stations. A total of 1,409 of them were classified "very sensitive", an official euphemism to mean trouble could be expected there. A polling station at Yamunotri was located at a height of 9,800 feet above sea level.
Although the Bahujan Samaj Party is also in the race, the Uttarakhand contest was dominantly between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
with inputs from IANS
Updated Date: Mar 09, 2017 20:25 PM