Dehra Dun: Barring the killing of a Samajwadi Party worker, polling in the Uttarakhand Assembly elections were by and large peaceful with an estimated 55% of the 60 lakh voters exercising their franchise in 69 constituencies amid tight security.
The state election office received scores of complaints regarding missing names of candidates from the ballots and failure of electronic voting machines from Haridwar, Dehra Dun and Udhamsingh Nagar districts.
In Haridwar, a Samajwadi Party worker was gunned down though police claimed the killing had nothing to do with the elections.
Udhamsingh Nagar district recorded the highest turnout of 59% while Pauri recorded the lowest of 46%, chief electoral officer N. Ravishanker said. Polling began on a dull note but picked up in the afternoon as the sky remained largely clear. In the snow-bound areas of Chamoli, Uttarkashi and Pithoragarh districts, a lot of enthusiasm was witnessed among the voters who braved the chilly weather to cast their votes, officials said. All the borders with Nepal and Tibet were sealed to facilitate smooth conduct of polling amid threats from Maoists and other groups.