04/02/2017 7:12 PM IST | Updated 04/02/2017 7:22 PM IST

Punjab Elections 2017: Over 72% Cast Vote In The State

Punjab witnessed 78.57% voting in the 2012 assembly polls.

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Voters line up to cast their votes outside a polling station during the state assembly election in the northern state of Punjab, in the village of Nada, India, February 4, 2017.

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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