Chandigarh: Brisk polling was going on as around 50 per cent of the total 1.98 crore electors exercised their franchise till 1 pm in Punjab assembly elections.
“35 per cent polling has taken place till 3 pm,” an election office spokesman said in Chandigarh.
“Polling is going peacefully,” Additional Director General of Police (ADGP-elections) V K Bhawra said.
A technical snag was reported in voter-verified paper audit trail machines in Majitha and Sangrur, the spokesman said, adding that the matter had been referred to the Election Commission.
Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia was unable to cast his vote in the morning due to the technical snag in EVM at polling station number 35, Ward number 5 in Majitha constituency in Amritsar district.
Among those who had cast their vote so far included Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, his wife and Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Congress veteran Rajinder Kaur Bhattal.
Punjab Congress president Amarinder Singh and his wife Preneet Kaur had also cast their votes.
‘Seeking my mother’s blessings before casting my vote. Let this be a new dawn for Punjab!’ Amarinder tweeted.
Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu and his wife and former minister Navjot Kaur also cast their votes.
Former Army chief General J J Singh (retd) of SAD, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Pargat Singh of Congress, Sucha Singh Chhotepur of Apna Punjab Party (APP), and Bhagwant Mann, Gurpreet Singh Ghuggi and Sukhpal Singh Khaira of AAP also cast their votes.
Cricketer Harbhajan Singh along with his mother Avtar Kaur also exercised their franchise.