A record 74.62 per cent of the 46 lakh voters in Himachal Pradesh exercised their franchise in the assembly election on Sunday where ruling BJP and Congress are locked in a virtual straight contest.
After a slow start, polling for the 68-member assembly picked up as the day progressed and the hill state witnessed a massive turnout.
As per the voting figures till 5 PM, 74.62 per cent polling had been registered in the state and the percentage was expected to go up, election officials said here.
Image: Young girls show their marked fingers after casting votes for the Assembly elections at Devrighat in Shimla on Sunday.
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