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Two-phased assembly polls concludes in Gujarat with minor firing incident

New Delhi/Ahmedabad, Dec. 17 (ANI): After a record 70 percent voting in the first phase, around 68 to 69 percent polling was recorded in the second and last phase of Gujarat assembly elections on Monday.

Talking to reporters at a press conference here, Chief Election Commission V. S. Sampath said that except a firing incident involving BJP MLA Jetha Bharwad from Sahera in Panchmahal district, by and large the polling has ended peacefully.

According to media reports four people were injured in the firing and accused Bharwad has been detained for further investigation.

“It is a record turnout, highest so far in both the states Himachal and Gujarat. Narmada district in Gujarat has witnessed the highest, with 82.7 percent polling,” said Sampath.

“Photo identification slips provided by the Commission (EC), full proof security measures, and arrangements for postal ballet have contributed significantly for such a heavy turnout,” he added.

The final phase of polling in 95 of 182 constituencies will decide the electoral fate of 822 candidates including Chief Minister Narendra Modi, former chief minister and senior congress leader Shankar Singh Vaghela, controversial former minister of state for home, Amit Shah, present state health minister Jaynarayan Vyas and revenue minister Anandiben Patel are also among those in the fray.

CEC thanked the voters, polling teams, security personnel, local administration, political parties, media and concerned state governments for their support and participation and informed that the counting process will take place at 39 stations in Himachal Pradesh and at 28 stations in Gujarat on December 20. (ANI)

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