Rajasthan records 68% polling

Rajasthan records 68% pollingAs many as 68 percent voters exercised their franchise for assembly polls in Rajasthan on Thursday.

"The polling percentage is expected to be around 68 percentages as we are still compiling the figures," election commission officials said. Same percent turnout was registered in the 2003 Assembly elections.

There were 43,000 polling stations in 33 districts where 43,000 EVMs were used. Mechanical problems were reported in about 150 EVMs which were replaced immediately, they said.

Rajasthan has a 200 seated assembly with 3.62 crore-strong voters.

A total of 2,194 candidates, including 149 women, were in the fray. Counting of votes will be held on December 8.

The ruling BJP is contesting 193 seats, leaving the remaining seven for their NDA allies, INLD - 4 and the JD-U -3.

The opposition Congress has fielded candidates in all the 200 seats, followed by BSP in 199.

A few incidents of violence including firing were reported from Todabheem and Ladpura assembly segments.