Dehradun: A record 68% voters exercised their franchise in the Uttarakhand assembly elections on Wednesday. Election Commission officials believe that the polling percentage could touch 70% when over a lakh voters who were in queues at 5 pm are also counted.
The polling percentage in the 2002 assembly elections here was 54.34%, which rose to 59.42% in the 2007 polls. In 2012, 67.22% polling was witnessed across the state.
Of the main districts, Nainital registered 70%, Haridwar 70%, Uttarkashi 73% and Udham Singh Nagar 70%.
Many villagers in the Garhwal and Kumaon hills who had threatened to boycott the polls in order to “teach politicians a lesson” kept their promise as zero to minimal turnout was recorded in several booths in rural areas. Over 600 village voters of Gangolihat constituency in Pithoragarh who were demanding a road to their village refrained from voting. It was a similar scenario in Kweerijimia village of Dharchula constituency where only four votes were cast till 3 pm.
Over-all, polling in 69 of the 70 constituencies in the hill state ended on a peaceful note, Election Commission officials said. Polling for Karnprayag seat has been postponed for March 9, following the death of BSP candidate Kuldeep Singh Kanwasi in a road mishap.