Hisar: At least 70 per cent people voted in the Hisar Municipal Corporation and Committees Elections on Sunday. Five municipal corporations and two municipal committees in Haryana went to polls today amid tight security. Municipal Corporation polls were held in Hisar, Karnal, Panipat, Rohtak and Yamunanagar while Municipal Committees polls were held in Jakhal Mandi in Fatehabad and Pundri in Kaithal.

The polling began at 7:30 AM and ended at 4.30 PM. 89.5 per cent votes were recorded in Jakhal Mandi while 82 per cent was recorded in Pundri. The poll percentage, however, varied between 60 to 65 per cent in the five Municipal Corporations. Yamunanagar recorded the maximum number of votes.

Stating the polling was carried in a peaceful manner, State Election Commissioner Dalip Singh said, “Polling remained 100 per cent peaceful. No untoward incident was reported from anywhere. There were no reports of any law and order issue or any incident pertaining to violation of Model Code of Conduct.”

Of 14,01,454 electorate eligible to cast their votes using EVMs, 7,44,468 were men and 6,56,986 women. Polling was held for 136 wards for the seats of mayor and members of municipal corporations and municipal committees.

It must be noted that in this year’s municipal polls, the Haryana Election Commission had decided to treat ‘none of the above’ or NOTA option as a “fictional candidate” in the municipal polls, making it a must for winning candidates to secure more votes than those cast for NOTA.

As many as 1,292 polling stations had been set up, out of which 304 were sensitive and 166 hyper-sensitive. Haryana Director General of Police BS Sandhu had earlier said the entire police administration was fully geared up to conduct free, fair and peaceful elections.

A total of 7,016 police personnel were deployed for polling duty.