Chandigarh: Around 14 per cent of the total 1.98 crore electors have exercised their franchise till 11.30 am to seal the fate of 1,145 candidates in the high-stakes Punjab assembly elections.
An election office spokesman in Chandigarh said polling, so far, was peaceful.
The polling started around 45 minutes late at two polling booths in Jalandhar and Amritsar due to technical glitch in the electronic voting machines.
The early voters included General J J Singh (retd) of the Shiromani Akali Dal, Pargat Singh of the Congress, Sucha Singh Chhotepur of the Apna Punjab Party, and Bhagwant Mann, Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi and Sukhpal Singh Kahiara of the Aam Aadmi Party.
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal cast his vote at around 10:50 am in his home constituency Lambi.
Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and his wife and Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal also cast their votes in the assembly polls before 11 am.