65 percent turnout in Delhi; thousands in queue even after voting deadline

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“Around 65 per cent polling has been recorded. But the figure may change as we are compiling all the data. Around 70,000 people are still standing in queue,” a senior official of Delhi Election Commission said.

He said people who queued before 5 PM are being allowed to vote. Polling has also been extended in booths where voting started late due to snags in electronic voting machines (EVM).

In the 2008 assembly polls, the overall voting percentage was 57.58 percent.

Earlier, Delhi’s Chief Electoral officer Vijay Dev said he expected the final percentage of voting to be between 70 and 75 percent.

There were reports of malfunctioning of electronic voting machines in some parts of the city but they were rectified, election officials said.

Time of polling has been extended by an hour in all the booths where voting started late due to snag in EVMs.

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