“Approximately 75 per cent voting has been recorded,” said Narinder Chauhan , chief electoral officer .
Voting was smooth and peaceful barring a few incidents of electronic voting machines not working at ten places which were later replaced .
Voting was reported to be the highest in Solan and Sirmaur districts.
This time the election campaign was a high pitched one with national leaders flying in to the hill state .
The main fight is between arch rivals the BJP and the Congress . Interestingly since 1985 no party has been able to repeat a term in Himachal .
The BJP campaign was led by chief minister P.K.Dhumal while the Congress side was led by five time former chief minister Virbhadra Singh . Dhumal is contesting from the Hamirpur seat while Singh from Shimla(rural).
The fate of 459 candidates will be known after a long wait on Dec 20 after Gujarat votes .
While the BJP and the Congress fought all the 68 seats . The BSP contested 66 seats . The newly formed Himachal Lokhit party(HLP) fielded candidates in 36 seats . TMC 25 , CPM 15, LJSP 17, SP 14, NCP 13 among others .
The state has 100 per cent electors photo identity cards .