Maharashtra assembly elections held saw a voter turnout of 60.46 per cent till the closing hour of 6 pm, election officials said in Mumbai. The BJP- Shiv Sena is hoping to return to power against the Congress – NCP alliance .
Haryana, meanwhile, recorded a voter turnout of 65.75 per cent, a sharp drop from the 2014 elections which brought the Bharatiya Janata Party to power in the state.
In Maharashtra, The highest turn-out was reported in Karveer constituency in Kolhapur, at 83.20 per cent. The lowest turnout was recorded in south Mumbai’s upmarket Colaba area at 40.20 per cent.
In the last assembly election in 2014, the state had recorded 63.38 per cent voter turn-out.
The state has total 8,98,39,600 voters, including 1,06,76,013 in the age group of 18 to 25 years. Nearly 6.5 lakh polling personnel were deployed at 96,661 polling
booths across the state.
In Haryana, As per the Election Commission, at about 11.30 pm, ‘the overall poll percentage was 65.75 per cent’.
The turnout was less than the 76.54 per cent in the 2014 assembly elections and the 70.36 per cent recorded over the state’s 10 parliamentary constituencies in the Lok Sabha elections this year.
Currently, the ruling BJP has 48 members in the state assembly and the Congress 17.
Prominent figures in a field of 1,169 contestants include Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, former Congress CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Jannayak Janta Party leader Dushyant Chautala and Indian National Lok Dal’s Abhay Singh Chautala.