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Record 73.8% show up to seal their choice
Voting continues till late in the evening in largely peaceful poll; long queues witnessed outside several polling stations 

Chandigarh, April 10
Breaking the past record of 68.9 per cent voting in Chandigarh, 73.84 per cent voters turned up at the 519 polling booths in the city to exercise their right to vote in a largely peaceful poll today. Of the total 6,13,939 voters, as many as 4,53,314 turned up to exercise their franchise. The previous largest turnout of 68.9 per cent was recorded in 1984.


First-time voters step out to be part of the change they want to see
Chandigarh, April 10
First-time voters outside a polling booth in Chandigarh. Sensing responsibility on their shoulders, many first-time voters flocked in large numbers to polling booths across the city to exercise their franchise for the Lok Sabha elections here today. A wave of excitement was seen among the youth, many of whom said they were out to bring a change in the country’s political system.

First-time voters outside a polling booth in Chandigarh. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Long queues, water shortage inconvenience voters
Chandigarh, April 10
As Chandigarh broke the record of the highest voter turnout today, voters faced inconvenience while exercising their franchise.



Peek-a-boo into Chandigarh’s election mood
Enthusiastic centenarians 
Three centenarians of the city, Kirron Kher’s father Col Thakar Singh (retd) (101), Jamuna Devi Arora (101) and Sardar Singh (100), were excited to exercise their franchise

Polling largely peaceful in city
Chandigarh, April 10
With over 4,000 UT police personnel remaining on its toes throughout the day, polling largely remained peaceful in the city. Though minor scuffles between supporters of rival parties were witnessed at some polling stations, including one in Sector 22, the police intervened and resolved the matter.

Deputy Commissioner-cum-Returning Officer Mohammed Shayin (extreme right) watches the webcast from various polling stations, at his office in Sector 17.
Deputy Commissioner-cum-Returning Officer Mohammed Shayin (extreme right) watches the webcast from various polling stations, at his office in Sector 17. Tribune photo: Pradeep Tewari

Pick-and-drop, Wheelchair facilities
Urban voters all praise for UT Election Department
Chandigarh, April 10
While urban voters availed of and appreciated the facilities provided by the Election Department to physically challenged persons and senior citizens to commute between their respective polling stations and their homes, their counterparts in villages and colonies were bereft of the facilities.

Show inked finger, get discounts at hotels, hospitals
Chandigarh, April 10
Voters will be able to avail discounts on bills at restaurants and hotels from April 11 to 13 by showing their inked fingers and also their voter IDs.

Families divided over choice of candidates
Chandigarh, April 10
In a paradigm shift, polling in the city brought out a clear divide in the decision-making structure of families. Individual preference for candidates and parties ruled as differences in party agendas coupled with new faces and new parties emerged on the poll scene this time.

NRIs travel to city to exercise their franchise
Chandigarh, April 10
Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) cast their vote as the city went to polls today. Taking leave from work and spending money on travel-tickets, a number of them could be seen standing in queues at polling booths today.

Agitations, allegations mar elections
Chandigarh, April 10
Protests, allegations and counter allegations, snags in electronic voting machines marred the Lok Sabha elections in Panchkula and Kalka segments of the Ambala parliamentary constituency today.

Two die in road mishap
Chandigarh, April 10
Two students died in a road accident after their bike rammed into the ISBT roundabout in Sector 17, here, yesterday night.

688 polling booths for Dera Bassi, Kharar, SAS Nagar
Chandigarh, April 10
For the Lok Sabha elections to be held on April 30, there will be 688 polling booths in the Dera Bassi, Kharar and SAS Nagar segments, for which 756 EVMs will be provided.

ambala votes 2014
Less hustle, more hassle in Panchkula

Chandigarh, April 10
Efforts put in by the Election Department proved futile as only 61.9 per cent of voters turned up to exercise their franchise at Panchkula today. In Kalka, the voter turnout was 69.2 per cent. Election campaigns failed to make any difference as in the 2009 elections. The voter turnout in Panchkula was 57.7 per cent.

Two fake voters arrested
Chandigarh, April 10
The Panchkula Police arrested two fake voters this evening. The accused, identified as Deep Singh and Sam Thapa, were found casting fake votes at a booth in Sector 19, Panchkula.

Elderly, physically challenged made to suffer in P’kula
Chandigarh, April 10
Differently abled, visually impaired and elderly persons had it the toughest today. Standing in queues to cast their vote, not even a single official turned up to guide them.

Voters voice anger 
Chandigarh, April 10
Resentment prevailed among voters who had to return home without exercising their right to franchise. Col (retd) AK Sharma, a resident of Sector 21, Panchkula, was surprised to find his name missing from the voter list at a polling booth at Government Primary School, Sector 21.

Orientation programme
An orientation programme was organised at Gian Jyoti Global School, Phase II, Mohali, for kindergarten and primary classes in two separate shifts. The students welcomed the parents with a melodious song. Anshul, Pranav, Samar, Mehak, Harjot and Palak from Classes III to IV presented an item, “show and tell”, in which they demonstrated their oratory skills depicting the qualities of their school, the principal and the teachers. 


Bid to loot ATM at Pinjore
Chandigarh, April 10
Miscreants tried to loot an ATM of ICICI Bank at Pinjore yesterday night. According to information, the incident took place near the Gurdwara Street in the main bazaar of Pinjore.


Charges framed against Ludhiana ACP

Mohali, April 10 
In a corruption case involving Ludhiana-based Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Gurcharan Singh and one agent Budh Singh, charges have been framed by a Mohali court here today.


Asav, Neel upset Dev, Mahesh

Chandigarh, April 10
In-form players had a field day in the CLTA-AITA Super Series Tennis Tournament at the tennis courts of the CLTA, Sector 10, here today.

Cricket meet at Mohali school from today
Chandigarh, April 10
Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, will host the 1st Amanjit Singh Memorial six-a-side Cricket Tournament on April 11 and 12 on the school grounds here. Eleven teams apart from the host team, including Aitchison College, Lahore, Pakistan, are taking part in the tournament. 


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