Tue, 31 Jan 2012 03:04:55 GMT

Punjab, Uttarakhand register record polling

Punjab and Uttarakhand witnessed record voter turn out at 77 percent and 70 percent respectively Monday with one death in the country's grain bowl and peaceful balloting in the hill state.

Punjab, Uttarakhand register record polling

Counting of votes will take place in both states March 6.

Punjab's chief electoral officer (CEO) Kusumjit Sidhu said the final voting percentage could cross 80 percent, a new record in the state, once final figures emerge Tuesday. In the 2007 assembly polls, the highest poll percentage was over 75 percent.

She said that barring a few clashes, no major violence was reported during polling in the state. A total of nine cases were registered at various places.

A teenaged boy, Nishan Singh, was killed in Pyarawala village in Ferozepur rural constituency, 250 km from Punjab's capital Chandigarh following a minor clash between supporters of the ruling Akali Dal and Congress.

Eyewitnesses told the police that the boy was killed in firing by Gurmel Singh alias Lady Garry, the husband of the Congress candidate from the Ferozepur rural seat, Satkar Kaur. The incident took place around 5.30 p.m., 30 minutes after the election process was officially over.


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