|Moderate turnout in Maharashtra, Haryana polls|
MUMBAI, Oct 21 - Altogether 54.53 per cent voters exercised their franchise till 5 pm on Monday in Maharashtra, after polling for the 288 Assembly seats began at 7 am, poll officials said.
The Congress-NCP combine is seeking to dislodge the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance government in the state in the polls.
Prominent personalities who voted include RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, CM Devendra Fadnavis, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar and MNS chief Raj Thackeray.
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 have been deployed at 96,661 polling booths across the state.
Haryana recorded a turnout of 65 per cent for 90 constituencies in the assembly elections by 6 pm on Monday, the Election Commission in Chandigarh said.
The polling that began at 7 am and ended at 6 pm was largely peaceful, barring a violent incident in Nuh, officials said.
According to the Election Commission in Delhi, 65 per cent of the registered voters exercised their franchise by 6 pm, when polling closed.
The final figure will be available when the data is tabulated, officials said. – PTI