SHIMLA, Oct 21: About eight per cent polling was recorded in the first hour for two assembly seats in Himachal Pradesh, a state election official said.
Eight per cent polling has been recorded for Pachhad, whereas 7.8 per cent for Dharamshala till 9 am, he said.
The voting began at 8 am on Monday at a slow pace which is likely to pick up during the day. The electors may use their right to franchise till 5 pm, he added.
Long queues are being seen at some of the polling stations.
As many as 82,137 and 74,487 voters are eligible to exercise their right to franchise in Dharamshala and Pachhad respectively, Additional Chief Electoral Officer (Additional CEO) Rupali Thakur said.
The counting will be held on October 24.
A total of 202 polling stations have been set up for two seats. While 113 polling stations are in Pachhad, 89 are in Dharamshala, she added.
An auxiliary polling station has been set up at the Dari old-age home to facilitate 24 elderly inmates to cast their votes in Dharamshala, Thakur said. - PTI