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Voting for the first phase of Gujarat Assembly elections began at 8 am on Thursday in 89 seats, and will continue till 5 pm, reported ANI.

The elections are being held in two phases. Voting for the second phase will take place on on December 5. The results will be declared on December 8 along with the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections.

In the first phase, 788 candidates, including 70 women, are contesting the polls on 89 of 182 seats of the state Assembly.

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party is looking to retain its 27-year-long rule in the state, while the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party are looking to wrest control on matters such as inflation and unemployment.

Meanwhile, Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar said he was expecting record levels of voting in the state, reported The Times of India.

“Preparations are complete, now is the time to call upon the voters to come out of their homes and vote,” he said. “Participate in the festival of democracy, enjoy it and vote. Forces are deployed everywhere. A lot of monitoring is being done…

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Abdul Gh Lone