Updates: Goa records 83% voter turnout, says EC

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Voting to elect new assemblies in five states kicks off on Saturday, with polling planned in seven phases starting February 11 for politically crucial Uttar Pradesh.

Sukhbir Badal

The counting of votes will take place on March 11. The Election Commission of India has made all the arrangements to ensure smooth , free and fair elections.

10.45 pm: Punjab voter percentage recorded at 78.62 per cent.

7.15 pm: 3500 polling stations had webcasting in Punjab. There were 2 crore voters.

1145 candidates in fray. Rs 58.02 crore of currency, 12.43 lakh litres worth Rs 13.34 crore liquor, 2598 kgs heroine, cannibis, worth Rs 18.26 crore was seized. 164.3 kgs gold and 26.5 kgs silver seized, says EC.

7.11 pm: Voter turnout of 70% (tentative) recorded in Punjab till 5 PM: EC.

7.08 pm: Punjab state: 22615 polling stations in Punjab,
1109 modern polling stations,
100% accessible stations
8166 micro observers deployed
1.27 lakh polling personnel

7.07 pm: Umesh Sinha, Deputy Election Commissioner, says malfunctioning EVMs were replaced. Cash seized 2.24 crore 75,000 litres liquor worth more than a crore, drugs seized (6 kgs) worth 34.22 lakh.

7.02 pm: 83% Voter turnout in Goa. 84% polling in north Goa and 81.5% in south goa, Postal votes yet to be counted: Umesh Sinha, Dy Election commissioner.

6.53 pm: Polling in Goa passed off peacefully: Election Commission.

6.00 pm: Punjab records 70% voter turn out.

5:20: Polling in Punjab ends

5:10 pm: Goa voter turnout stands at record 83 percent, likely to go up after final calculations

5:05: Sanjay Singh of AAP meets CEO Punjab seeking extension of poll timings owing to delay caused by faulty EVM machines

5:00 pm: Curtains down on polling in Goa for assembly elections 2017

4:50 pm: Punjab polls 66 percent till 4:30 pm

4:10 pm: Punjab records 56.9 percent voter turnout till 3 pm

3:55 pm: Gender-wise breakup records polling by 36 per cent male voters and 31 percent female voters in Goa till 3 pm

3:50 pm: Bike borne men open fire near a polling booth in Punjab's Ferozepur district

3:20 pm: 67 per cent voter turnout recorded in Goa till 3 pm

3.00 pm: 48 percent voter turnout recorded in Punjab till 2.30 PM

2:00 pm: Punjab Congress chief Captain Amarinder Singh casts his vote at booth no. 89 in Patiala

1:50pm: Punjab records voter turnout of 37 percent till 1 PM

1:30pm: Voter turnout in Goa till 1 PM stands at 53%.

1:24pm: North Goa voter turnout at 55 % and south Goa at 52%

12:55pm: 32 percent polling recorded in Punjab till noon

12:40pm: Very confident of our win,did door to door campaigns got positive response about my mother&father: Karan Singh, Sidhu's son

12:30pm: BJP ka safaya ho jayega yahi sanket mil raha hai: Lalu Prasad Yadav on #Goa & #Punjab elections

12:24pm: Polling stopped at TB Cunha High School booth, Margao in Goa due to EVM malfunction

12:17pm: BJP-Akali Dal will win and Parkash Singh Badal will become the CM for the sixth time: BJP's Hans Raj Hans

11:54am: Will give Rahul Gandhi great gift with Congress' revival says Navjot S.Sidhu as he arrives to vote at booth in Amritsar, wth wife Navjot Kaur

11:43am: Punjab has recorded an overall voter turnout of 14 percent till 11.30 am

11:41am: Voter turnout stands at 34 percent in Goa till 11 am

11:40am: AAP is an outsider. Kejriwal has ruined Delhi: Harsimrat Kaur Badal

11:34am: Punjab witnessed a blast after 30 years and Kejriwal is sharing meals with Babbar Khalsa: Harsimrat Kaur Badal

11:38am: ISI Sponsors Arvind Kejriwal, alleges Harsimrat Kaur Badal

11:15am: Cricketer Harbhajan Singh along with his mother Avtar Kaur, waiting to cast his vote at polling booth no.23 in Jalandhar

11:00am: We'll have a bigger win than last time, Amarinder Singh is only drama & AAP is on 3rd position: Sukhbir Singh Badal

10:57am: CM Parkash Singh Badal of SAD casts his vote at a polling booth in Lambi

10: 30am: We'll have a bigger win than last year, Amarinder Singh is only drama & AAP is on 3rd position: Sukhbir Singh Badal

10:09am: Punjab has recorded overall polling percentage of 8 percent till 9:30 am

10:03am: People wait in queues as voting is yet to begin at booth no 35 in Majitha, due to error in EVM machine

10:02am: AAP's Bhagwant Mann casts vote in Mohali

09:48am: AAP, Congress are in for rude shock, SAD will do better than 2012: CM Parkash Singh Badal

09:30am: The environment is charged and very positive, we are confident of a win: Captain Amarinder Singh's wife, Preneet Kaur

09:28am: Congress candidate Pargat Singh casts his vote at booth no. 66 in Jalandhar.

09:25am: North Goa has recorded a voting percentage of 16%, while South Goa recorded 14% with an overall turnout of 15%, till 9 am

09:23am: If he doesn't belong here (Patiala), yes of course he's a parachute candidate: Captain Amarinder Singh's niece on Gen JJ Singh (retd)

09:15am: Queues pile up at booth 66 in Jalandhar after glitch in EVM machine delays polling

09:09am: Senior citizens cast their vote at a polling booth in South Goa's Margaon #GoaPolls

09:02am: Parkash Singh Badal will face historic defeat in Lambi: Manpreet Badal

09:00am: Technical glitches delay polling at booths in Jalandhar and Amritsar

08:48am: Gurdaspur (Punjab): Sucha Singh Chhotepur casts his vote

08:40am: #PunjabElections2017: First voter casts his vote at booth no.118 (govt school) in Lambi.

08:36am: Goa CM Laxmikant Parsekar casts his vote at a polling booth in North Goa's Arambol

08:32am: Women cast their vote at booth no.66 in Jalandhar

08:20am: Pathankot (Punjab): People queue up to cast their votes; Visuals from polling booth no.123-124 at SD College.

08:17am: PM Narendra Modi urges people to turnout in huge numbers for Goa & Punjab Assembly polls

08:10am: Gen JJ Singh (Retd) SAD candidate against Congress's Amarinder Singh from Patiala Urban, casts his vote

08:00am:  Voting in Punjab begins. 1145 candidates to contest across 117 seats

07:48am: Voters wait for polling to begin at 8am. Visuals from polling booth no.123-124 at SD College in Pathankot

07:38am: Candidates seek blessings at Amritsar's Golden Temple, ahead of polling

07:36am: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar casts his vote at a polling station in Goa's Panaji, says Goa will see heavy voter turnout

07:21am: Initial reports suggest good turnout, Goa might cross last years turnout of 84% & BJP will win with 2/3rd majority, says Manohar Parrikar

07:15am: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar stands in queue at polling booth in Panaji to cast his vote

07:12am:

07:01am: Assembly election polling for 40 seats in the state of Goa begins

07:00am: Voters arrive for polling in Goa's capital Panaji; voting to start at 7 am

06:58am: Polling for assembly elections to be held in Punjab for 117 seats; to start at 8 am

06:57am: Polling for assembly elections to be held in Goa for 40 seats; to start at 7 am

Punjab and Goa will vote in a single phase today. Uttarakhand will vote on February 15 while Manipur in two phases on March 4 and 8.

For the first time, ballots will carry photos of candidates. In all, some 160 million people will be eligible to vote in these five states.

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