63 pc turnout in Punjab, 60% in UP

CHANDIGARH/Lucknow, Feb 20: A voter turnout of over 63 per cent was recorded in Punjab, where the polling for 117 Assembly seats was held amid tight security arrangements.
The voting started at 8 am and continued till 6 pm. The voting remained peaceful, Punjab Chief Electoral Officer S Karuna Raju said.
At many places, where the voters had entered booths before 6 pm and were standing in queues, they were allowed to cast their votes.
The final voting percentage, which is set to increase, will be known later after compilation of data, officials said. In the 2017 Punjab Assembly polls, the voting percentage stood at 77.4.
A total of 1,304 candidates, including 93 women and two transgenders, are in the fray this time.
According to the Punjab Chief Electoral Office, an average voter turnout of 63.44 per cent was recorded.
Meanwhile, Over 60 per cent voting was recorded in 59 Assembly constituencies in the third phase of the elections in Uttar Pradesh.
The percentage was 63.14 per cent in Hathras, 61.89 per cent in Firozabad, 63.04 per cent in Kasganj, 65.7 per cent in Etah, 61.51 per cent in Mainpuri, 59.13 per cent in Farrukhabad, 61.93 per cent in Kannauj and 58.35 per cent in Etawah.
It was 60.62 per cent in Auraiya, 59.87 per cent in Kanpur Dehat, 56.14 per cent in Kanpur Nagar, 59.93 per cent in Jalaun, 57.71 per cent in Jhansi, 69.05 per cent in Lalitpur, 60.56 per cent in Hamirpur and 64.56 per cent in Mahoba.
Though the Election Office here did not share final voting data till 6 pm, when polling had ended, the turnout app trend at 10 pm showed an updated polling percentage for 5 pm.
As many as 627 candidates are in the fray in the third of the seven phase elections to the 403-member state assembly. Over 2.15 crore people were eligible to vote in 16 districts in this phase.
Results of the 2022 polls will be announced on March 10. (PTI)