Prime Minister Narendra Modi today thanked the people of Odisha for their unprecedented support during the panchayati elections in the state. As per the report by News World Odisha, nearly 73 percent voters cast their votes today. As per the trend so far, the Odisha TV said that BJD was winning in 58 seats, BJP in 45, Congress in 8, while others were leading in 3 seats.
Polling were held in 174 Zilla Parishad constituencies spread across 29 districts except Deogarh, said SEC secretary Rabindanath Sahoo. He said as many as 53,62,814 voters will elect their Zilla Parishad, Samiti and Ward members, along with Sarpanchs. The Zilla Parishad candidate of Polsara has already won the seat uncontested.
Polling was held at 18,581 wards of 1,386 panchayats. Like the first phase, the second phase of polling will started at 7 AM and continued till 12 noon. Counting of votes started from 1 PM, Sahoo said added, , CCTVs and videography arrangements were made in hyper-sensitive and sensitive booths. The SEC said District Collectors and Superintendents of Police were also instructed to ensure free and fair polling.
The Election Commission had earlier confirmed that at least 71 per cent of the 58,28,446 voters exercised their franchise in the first phase of the five phased elections. Though being conducted mostly peacefully, the first phase of the panchayat elections witnessed a few stray incidents of violence which left at least four people injured.
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It has been learned that though the first phase of panchayat elections in Jajpur district remained by and large peaceful, many voters who had voters’ identity cards were seen returning disappointed after not finding their names on the voters’ list. According to a report by the Odisha TV, BJD leads the winning tally among the 188 Zilla Parishad seats, even as BJP makes unexpected gains, so far. As per the tally, while BJD leads with 94, BJP gets 65 seats and Congress 10 seats.