CHANDIGARH -- Over 72% of Punjab's nearly 1.99 crore voters cast their votes on Saturday in 117 assembly segments in the northern state, election officials said in Chandigarh.
Sangrur district recorded the highest 81% voting, followed by Faridkot and Fatehgarh Sahib districts at 80%.
The Malwa belt (south of Sutlej river), comprising 14 of the 22 districts in Punjab and having 69 of the 117 assembly seats, saw a high voter turnout in all districts.
Eight districts in this belt saw over 75% voting, while four districts recorded over 70% voting.
Hoshiarpur (63%) and Amritsar (65%) recorded the lowest voting among all 22 districts.
Voting was continuing at some polling stations since voters who had queued up by 5 p.m. were allowed to exercise their franchise.
There were 22,614 polling stations across Punjab.
Punjab witnessed 78.57% voting in the 2012 assembly polls.
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