66 percent turnout reported in the Assembly Polls of 13th Oct 09

Around 66% voting was recorded in the Assembly polls of 13th Oct 2009 which took place in the three states of Maharashtra, Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh. In some sporadic incidents of violence, one polling agent was killed in Haryana

Maharashtra had declared a State Holiday today to get the voters to come out and vote, but it saw the least voting among the three states. 60 per cent turnout of voters was recorded in Maharashtra while Haryana and Arunachal Pradesh saw much higher polling of 66 per cent and 72 per cent respectively.

Polling could not occur in 22 polling stations of the Gadchiroli district in Maharashtra as the polling staff failed to reach the destinations because naxals put up obstacles. Six incidents of Naxalites opening fire was reported today.

The State Govt and Election Commissions had done enough preparations to avoid any clashes. Maharashtra itself had 1.29 lakh state police and central forces deployed.

All eyes are now on the Assembly Election results which will be declared on Oct 22nd. Meanwhile, the opinion polls conducted by major news channels suggest that Congress will return to Power in all three states.

You can keep track of the exit/opinion polls here

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