Himachal Pradesh Assembly Election 2022 Live Updates: A voter turnout of 65.92 percent was recorded till 5 pm in the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, polling for which is underway on Saturday, 12 November.
The highest voter turnout has been recorded in Mandi district, home to Chief Minister Jairam Thakur. In addition to the CM, BJP President JP Nadda, Himachal Pradesh Congress chief Pratibha Singh, and Union Minister Anurag Thakur are among those who have cast their votes in the poll so far.
The state is hosting a bipolar electoral battle between the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress, with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) also entering the fray for the first time.
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur and his family members show their fingers marked with indelible ink after casting their vote in the Assembly elections, at a polling station in Mandi district.
Voters being welcomed as they arrive to cast their votes for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, at a polling station in Lahaul & Spiti district.
BJP candidate from Shimla Urban Sanjay Sood shows his ink marked finger after casting his vote at a polling station for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, in Shimla.
A voter at a polling booth as voting begins for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, in Shimla.
Voters wait in a queue to cast their votes for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, at a polling station near Palampur.
An elderly voter being assisted as she arrives at a polling station to cast her vote for the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections.
Union Minister Anurag Thakur and former Chief Minister Professor Prem Kumar Dhumal cast their votes along with family at Samirpur in Hamirpur district.
BJP National President JP Nadda shows his finger marked with indelible ink after casting his vote for Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections, in Bilaspur district.
Voting in the polls began at 8 am and will end at 5 pm on Saturday.
Seraj, Haroli, Mandi, Shimla Rural, and Hamirpur are among the key seats going to polls.
BJP's sitting CM Jairam Thakur is contesting from Seraj, where the Congress has fielded former Milkfed chairperson Chet Ram Thakur.
The results of the elections will be declared following the counting of votes on 8 December.
There are 68 constituencies in the hill state, so a party will need to secure 35 seats in order to ensure majority.
The BJP had won majority with 44 seats in the 2017 Assembly election in the state, while the Congress had garnered 21 seats.
65.92% Voter Turnout Recorded Till 5 PM
A voter turnout of 65.92 percent was recorded in the Himachal Pradesh polls till 5 pm.
Districtwise Polling Figures
Districtwise, the highest polling percentage was recorded in the Lahaul and Spiti district, at 62.75 percent, followed by Sirmour (60.38 percent) and Mandi (58.9 percent).
Voting in the Himachal Pradesh election has come to an end. The final voter turnout is expected to be announced shortly.