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Punjab and Uttarakhand register high voter turnout

New Delhi, Mon, 30 Jan 2012 ANI

New Delhi, Jan 30 (ANI): The Election Commission of India at a press conference here today, informed that states of Punjab and Uttarakhand registered a high voter turnout in the assembly elections.


Deputy Election Commissioner, Alok Shukla, while briefing the mediapersons said that assembly in Punjab were completely peaceful and incident free with the poll percentage expected to cross 77 percent.


"It was a very peaceful and completely incident free poll in Punjab today. The polling percentage at 5pm is approximately 70 percent but here is still polling going on in many stations, there is still queues in many [polling stations so it is expected that the poll percentage will cross 77 percent," said Sukla.


He further added that police and security officials in the state seized large quantity of illicit liquor, contraband and cash, prior to the assembly elections.


"In Punjab the cash seizure was 12.13 crores, illicit liquor seized was 32,758 litres of illicit liquor 7,18,181 bottles of IMFL (Indian made foreign liquor), 2,27,933 kg of lahaan, 37.54 kg of heroin, 2696 kg of poppy husk, 99.19 kg of opium, 3793kg of smack," he added.


Meanwhile in the Uttarakhand, voter turnout was register to be more than 70 percent.


"We expect the overall turnout to be 70 percent or more. The voter turnout during Vidhan Sabha elections 2007 was 63.96 percent and during Lok Sabha elections during 2009 was 53.96 percent," said Deputy Election Commissioner, Sudhir Tripathi.


He added that the total seizure of cash in Uttarakhand was around 1.36 crore rupees and That of illicit liquor was 16241.23 litres in preparation to state assembly elections. (ANI)


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