India, Oct. 22 -- Voting began on a brisk note in the Assembly elections in Maharashtra on Monday with people queuing up outside polling booths early morning onwards. According to provisional figures provided by the Election Commission of India's Voter Turnout app, Maharashtra recorded a polling percentage of 59.05% as of 10 pm. In the 2014 state elections, the voter turnout was 63%. Rural areas of the state fared better than their urban counterparts.

Around 4600 Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPATs) malfunctioned during the election process, leading to delay in voting across the state.

Baldev Singh, chief electoral officer said, "The turnout of the voters is satisfactory in the wake of the ra...