Polling for the first phase of Jharkhand Panchayat elections on Saturday
A total of 1,127 panchayats covering 72 blocks in 21 districts of Jharkhand will go to polls in the first phase of panchayat elections on Saturday, officials said. Over 52 lakh voters, including 25 lakh women, are entitled to exercise their franchise and will decide the political fate of 30,221 candidates in the three-tier panchayat elections.
Panchayat elections in the state are not held on party basis. In the first phase, elections were to be held for 16,757 posts – 14,079 panchayat members, 1,127 mukhiyas, 1,405 panchayat samiti members and 146 zilla parishad members.
However, a total of 6,231 candidates have been declared unopposed as winners in the first phase as only one candidate was left in each of them after the nomination papers were withdrawn and rejected. Now elections will be held for 7,303 panchayat members, 1,117 mukhiyas, 1,256 panchayat samiti members and 143 zilla parishad members for 9,819 posts.
Voting will be held from 7 am to 3 pm. Polling parties have been sent to their respective places. State Election Commission secretary Radheshyam Prasad told PTI that parties were dispatched to sensitive areas on Thursday. A total of 14,079 polling stations have been set up for the first phase. Of these, 5,704 booths were declared sensitive and another 5,450 were very sensitive. We have made adequate security arrangements for both the voters and the polling personnel. Prasad said a large number of security personnel have been deployed at all the polling stations for peaceful polling.
Left-wing extremists have called for a boycott of elections in many areas. The counting of votes for the first phase of polling will take place on May 17. The elections for other phases will be held on May 19, 24 and 29.
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