74 % VOTING; OVER TO THE MORNING OF 18TH DEC

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54 PER CENT POLLING TILL 2 PM; IN KINNAUR AND PARTS OF SPITI, IT HAD STARTED SNOWING EVEN AS VOTING WAS ON

The Hush Post, Shimla: About 74 per cent voters came out to vote in Himachal Pradesh elections here today. These were the 5:00 pm figures. A better update will be available tomorrow which will include those voters who were still in the queue. The results will be declared on 18 December.

Earlier in the day, the voters had polled 54 per cent votes till 2 pm. By 4 pm, 65 per cent people had polled their votes.

The following is the breakdown of percentage of votes polled in various constituencies. Though, final figures at the time the polling ended are awaited.

Out of the information available, in Banjar 71 per cent people came out to poll, in Aani 69 per cent, Lahaul Spiti 64 per cent, Manali 65 per cent, Mandi 60 per cent, Kullu 71 per cent, Chamba 67 per cent, Shimla (Urban) 67 per cent, Shimla (Rural) 62 per cent, Chaupal 70 per cent, Rohru 64 per cent, Jubbal and Kotkhai 75 per cent, Theog 71 per cent and Rampur 66, Nalagarh 80 per cent, Doon 66 per cent.

Towards the end of polling, it has started snowing in the upper reaches of Kinnaur, which incidentally is home to Shyam Saran Negi, the first voter of India and among the oldest in Himachal Pradesh. A resident of Kalpa, today too he came out to cast his vote in full enthusiasm.

There are 337 candidates in all with 19 seats for scheduled caste candidates, three for scheduled tribe candidates. There are a total of 50 lakh voters and maximum candidates, 12 in number, are contesting elections from Dharamsala.