New Delhi: The Election Commission on Monday said that an estimated 70 percent polling in Punjab and 65 percent in Uttarakhand was recorded in assembly elections in both states.

Both the Election Commissioners of Punjab and Uttarakhand expressed satisfaction over high voter turnout in the state.

According to Alok Shukla, around 1.76 crore voters exercised their franchise in Punjab which passed off peacefully barring minor skirmishes in some districts. The fate of 1,078 candidates, including two Chief Ministerial aspirants Parkash Singh Badal and Amarinder Singh, were sealed in the Electronic Voting Machines.

A teenage boy, Nishan Singh, was killed in Pyarawala village in Ferozepur rural constituency, following a minor clash between supporters of the ruling Akali Dal and main opposition Congress.

On the other hand, in Uttarakhand the polling began on a dull note, but later picked up momentum as the day progressed. The polling to elect 70 legislators to the Uttarakhand Assembly largely remained incident-free.

According to the reports, the EC authorities had seized Rs 12 crore black-money, 32,758 litre liquor, 18,181 bottles of foreign liquor, 37.54 kg heroin and 4 kg brown sugar during campaign in the state.

In Uttarakhand, Rs1.36 crore black-money and 16,241 litres of liquor were seized.

(JPN/Bureau)