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Uttarakhand Polls Live: Voting ends at 5 PM; 68% voter turnout

Voting for 69 Vidhan Sabha seats in Uttarakhand came to an end at 5 PM today, registering a voter turnout of around 68% by 5 PM. The 69 assembly seats are spread across 13 districts in Uttarakhand, including seven from Garhwal region and 6 from Kumaon region. Voting was largely peaceful across the state. Security was tightened inside the state and border regions as well to prevent any violent activities during the elections.

There are a total of 70 assembly seats in Uttarakhand, but voting could not be conducted in one constituency, named Karnaprayag, because of the death of one of the candidates. Kuldeep Singh Kanwasi from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) died after a fatal accident, due to which the voting for Karnaprayag seat has been rescheduled to March 9. Karnaprayag is one of the closely contested seats in Uttarakhand. Anusuya Prasad, Deputy Speaker of the state assembly, is also contesting from Karnaprayag.

The content in Uttarakhand is primarily between the Congress and BJP. Chief Minister Harish Rawat and his government have been accused of corruption, which may have an impact on the results. It may be recalled that anti-incumbency has forever been a key factor in Uttarakhand assembly polls. Throughout its history, every assembly poll has been won by a different party.

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