As much as 65.15 per cent polling took place in Panchkula district, which is part of Ambala Lok Sabha constituency, on Thursday. In the 2009 election, it was only 59.70 per cent.
Big rush of voters was seen at most of the polling booths from early morning till noon. By 11 am, over 30 per cent of votes had been cast. Voting was peaceful even at sensitive and hyper-sensitive polling booths.
Two men were caught trying to cast votes of others at a polling booth in Sector 19. Both were arrested and booked for impersonation.
In rural areas, women came in groups to cast their votes. Meera, a resident of colony number 4, came along with about 15 neighbours at Kharag Mangoli polling station. “It is important for all of us to vote. Only then can we expect change in society,” she said.
In all, 14 candidates are in the fray, including Raj Kumar Balmiki of the Congress, the BJP’s Rattan Lal Kataria, the INLD’s Kusum Sherwal, the Aam Aadmi Party’s Surinder Pal Singh and the BSP’s Kapur Singh.
Panchkula district has two Assembly segments, Panchkula and Kalka. While Panchkula has 180 polling booths, Kalka has 195. While the voter turnout in Panchkula was 61.9 per cent, it was 69. 2 per cent in Kalka. Panchkula has 1.94 lakh voters while Kalka has 1.56 lakh.